The Hours (2002)

Three Different Women. Each Living a Lie.

Blu-ray, 1h 50min
Rating: 7.5
Votes: 124082
Languages: English
Country: USA, UK, France, Canada, Germany
Director: Stephen Daldry
Music: Philip Glass

Plot outline

The story of how the novel "Mrs. Dalloway" affects three generations of women, all of whom, in one way or another, have had to deal with suicide in their lives.


The story of how the novel "Mrs. Dalloway" affects three generations of women, all of whom, in one way or another, have had to deal with suicide in their lives. - Albert Sanchez Moreno

In 1951, Laura Brown (Julianne Moore), a pregnant housewife, is planning a party for her husband, but she can't stop reading the novel "Mrs. Dalloway". Clarissa Vaughan (Meryl Streep), a modern woman living in present times is throwing a party for her friend Richard (Ed Harris), a famous author dying of A.I.D.S. These two stories are simultaneously linked to the work and life of Virginia Woolf (Nicole Kidman), who's writing the novel mentioned before. - Jonas Reinartz

This movie concerns three women each suffering from depression. Virginia Woolf (Nicole Kidman) is starting to write her book "Mrs. Dalloway" in 1923 England. She is coming to the realization of her sexuality and fighting her pure despair of life and headaches. Virginia receives a visit from her sister Vanessa Bell (Miranda Richardson) and Vanessa's two sons and daughter. The daughter places a strong influence on Virginia's emotions through the death of a bird. Eventually, Virgnia must face the decision to run away to London, stay with her beloved husband, or move to London where the doctors forbid her to go. Laura Brown (Julianne Moore) is a mother fearing her ability to be a mother again. She is reading "Mrs. Dalloway" in 1951 Los Angeles, California. Laura is trying to throw a wonderful birthday party for her husband. The very pregnant Laura thinks she won't be an adequate mother to her son and current baby on the way in a few months. Laura must make the decision to run away from it all or live miserably with her happy husband. Clarissa Vaughan (Meryl Streep) is a career publisher living in present-day 2001 New York City. Her nickname, given by her poet-friend, Richard (Ed Harris), who is dying of A.I.D.S., is "Mrs. Dalloway". Clarissa is also throwing a party, but for Richard, who is receiving an award for his poetry. Like Virginia Woolf, Clarissa is also a lesbian, but also wonders if she is in love with Richard, with whom she once was romantically involved. At the end, the whole plot twists and comes together. The basic theme of this movie is wondering if it is better to live your life for your own happiness or others. - Leftmidder_2000

In 1923 England, ailing novelist Virginia Woolf (Nicole Kidman) is starting to write her novel, "Mrs. Dalloway", under the care of doctors and family. In 1951 Los Angeles, California, Laura Brown (Julianne Moore) is a pregnant housewife who is planning for her husband's birthday, but is preoccupied with reading Woolf's novel. In 2001 New York City, Clarrisa Vaughan (Meryl Streep) is a lesbian publisher planning an award party for her friend, an author dying of A.I.D.S. Taking place over one day, all three stories are interconnected with the novel mentioned before, as one is writing it, one is reading it, and one is living it. - K. Kaufman

Recuperating from a nervous breakdown, Virginia Woolf (Nicole Kidman) begins work on her depression-themed novel "Mrs. Dalloway", which goes on to play a key role not only in her own life but in the lives of a 1950s housewife contemplating suicide and a new-millennium posh lesbian publisher caring for her dying friend. - Jojo Mac