The story of three women (and also three suicide attempts) in three different decades, all linked by Virginia Woolf’s novel Mrs Dalloway. The first, successful suicide is that of Woolf herself (the Oscar-winning Nicole Kidman) in 1941. Thereafter we move to the travails of frustrated housewife Julianne Moore in Los Angeles in 1951 and then of Meryl Streep, a lesbian book editor, in contemporary New York. Both these women have been deeply affected by the novel and share Mrs Dalloway’s regrets and longings for love and fulfilment. Sounds downbeat, I know, and indeed this is not exactly a happy-ending kind of movie, but the acting, David Hare’s screenplay and Stephen Daldry’s direction give it a stylish, haunting quality that makes it memorable. (Incidentally, Kidman’s prosthetic nose initially aroused some derision. Don’t know why. I thought it suited her.)
The fact that most Brits have never seen a baseball game shouldn’t put you off this sporting drama. Dennis Quaid is the former baseball star cut down in his pitching prime when a shoulder injury ends his career.
Film4’s season of kung fu classics continues with the premiere of this landmark adventure, which sees a fearless female warrior take on a gang of bloodthirsty bandits. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Hero and House of Flying Daggers all owe a massive debt to King Hu’s debut, which put the art into martial arts.
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