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Actors: Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore, Meryl Streep, Miranda Richardson, Stephen Dillane, John C. Reilly, Ed Harris, Toni Collette

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THE HOURS is a film directed by British born director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot) in 2002. It earned nine nominations for the 2003 Academy awards but only Nicole Kidman earned the Oscar in the Best Actress in a Leading Role category.
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Three stories about women undergoing an intellectual or an emotional crisis intertwine in THE HOURS. Firstly we witness the painful efforts of the writer Virginia Woolf during the genesis of her novel "Mrs. Dalloway" and how her husband tries to protect her from the return of the mental disorders that lead her twice to attempt suicide.

The second story is about Laura Brown, a homewife in the Los Angeles of 1951, who's on the verge of undergoing a nervous breakdown. Laura is reading "Mrs. Dalloway" and, locked in an hotel room, hesitates to commit suicide.

The last story is about Clarissa Vaughan, a successful editor preparing a party in honour of her ex-husband, played by Ed Harris, who's just received a literary prize for his career. Harris, the son of Laura Brown, suffers from AIDS and is being watched for years now by Clarissa who will break down on this special day.
The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler




The main characters are a book editor in New York (Meryl Streep), a young mother in California (Juliane Moore) and author Virginia Woolf (Nicole Kidman). A book editor in New York has a best friend his name is Richard. He is a book author and dying of AIDS.
The review of this Movie prepared by M.Y.Prasetyo




Based on Michael Cunningham's Pulitzer-winning novel, "The Hours" tells the stories of three women: Virginia Woolf (Kidman), struggling with mental illness and the writing of her first great novel, Mrs. Dalloway, in 1923 (as well as the end of her life 18 years later); Laura Brown, a deeply unhappy Los Angeles housewife in 1951; and Clarissa Vaughan (Streep), a book editor in 2001 New York City, preparing a party for her longtime friend and sometime lover Richard (Harris) -- a poet who has just won a major award but is dying of AIDS. The women's lives intertwine in ways seen and unseen (Brown is reading Woolf's novel, and Richard calls Clarissa "Mrs. Dalloway"). The supporting cast includes Allison Janney as Clarissa's female companion, Claire Danes as her daughter Julia from an earlier marriage, and Jeff Daniels as a longtime gay friend. Rich and majestic, this excellent 2002 film features terrific acting by all the principles and only rarely descends to the level of a female weepie.
The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus



Script Analysis of The Hours

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Plot & Themes

Inner struggle or disability    -   Yes Ethnic/Regional/Gender story?    -   Yes Woman/class/friends story?    -   woman's story Brain/Body not working?    -   mental illness

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   writer Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   British Unusual characteristics:    -   Mentally ill    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast    -   California Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York    -   Los Angeles

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   kissing    -   lesbians! Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing Is this movie based on a    -   book

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