The Hours (2002)

 


 

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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. Full summary »

Genre: Drama

The Hours (2002)
   
Release Date: 24 January 2003 (USA)
Country: USA , UK
Director: Stephen Daldry
Cast:
  • Nicole Kidman
  • Julianne Moore
  • Meryl Streep
  • Stephen Dillane
  • Miranda Richardson
  • George Loftus
  • Charley Ramm
  • Sophie Wyburd
  • Lyndsey Marshal
  • Linda Bassett
  • Christian Coulson
  • Michael Culkin
  • John C. Reilly
  • Jack Rovello
  • Toni Collette


33 Responses to The Hours (2002)

  1. shannonvirgo
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    I’m a bit confused…

    I thought Nicole Kidman’s character said she was inviting over her sister, was I mistaking that?

    Because she later was making out with her?….

    Brown Mamba



  2. TheyWithTimmyMustBMerlin
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    If you want to watch a bunch of pointless depressed women do essentially nothing over the course of 2 hours (other than feel sorry for themselves and contemplate/commit suicide) then this is your movie….

    http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s135/Sig_Nuka/implied-facepalm.jpg

  3. Arec_Barwin
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    VIRGINIA: Lennard, would you inform the cook and the maid that I wish to see them in the drawing room immediately?

    LENNARD: But they are busy preparing lunch for your sister and her —–

    VIRGINIA: Immediately, Lennard.

    LENNARD: Yes, dear.

    (Two minutes later in the drawing room)

    VIRGINIA: Mary, did you get the ginger from London that I requested?

    MARY: (Rolls eyes and folds arms) Yes, ma’am, and I haven’t got time to be standin’ here gassin’ about it cos I’s up to me arms in lamb pie that won’t be done by four if I don’t put it in right now —–

    VIRGINIA: You’re fired.

    MARY: What?

    VIRGINIA: Did I stutter? YOU’RE FIRED, SACKED, DISMISSED, CANNED, YOU’VE BEEN GIVEN THE BOOT, THE OLD HEAVE-HO. Being a fancy schmancy writer is not so pointless now, is it? Would you like me to elaborate further? Now, pack your bags and scram, NOW. I don’t want there to be any unpleasant atmosphere when my sister arives. Chop, chop!

    MARY: But Miss, the lunch —-

    VIRGINIA: We won’t be partaking of your disgusting medieval offal pie. From what I saw you throwing into it, I definitely would be choosing death if I ate that! I’d rather drown.(Note to self). Yes, take it with you along with the various knick-knacks you’ve been pilfering because apparently I’m too mad and depressed to notice.

    (To herself, excitedly) You know what, I think we’ll have beans on toast!

    Now, get out of my house, and take that snide cow who’s standing next to you. If you’re lucky, you’ll make the four o’clock train back to the godforsaken yokel hovel from which you no doubt both sprang.

    MARY: (Comforting crying maid) Well, I never —–

    VIRGINIA: Just do one, and remember this: NEVER MESS WITH THE WOOLF-INATOR. Now, where’s the tin-opener…..or the thing that I’m not quite sure has been invented yet that may one day be called a tin opener? Never mind, if it hasn’t been invented, I can use one of these rocks in my pocket. Truth be told, I’m knackered carrying them around all day.

    CUT TO:

    (Richard jumps out of the window to Clarissa’s profound shock and horror, falls onto a trampoline waiting underneath and is catapulted back into the same open window)

    RICHARD: You been punked Clarissa!

    (Ashton Kutcher apppears from underneath a pile of dirty laundry and empty pill bottles, the cameramen appear from the wardrobe and they all fall about laughing)

    THE END

    I’m ****ing Irish. I’ll deal with something being wrong for the rest of my life.

  4. leobourne
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    Meryl says that she has never met her daughter’s father. Since she was gay, did she has some in virto fertilization or something…

  5. jchapin-4
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    Was it normal for families in the ’50s to have 2 cars? I know that’s an odd question, just something I wonder about on occassion when I watch either The Hours or Mona Lisa Smile.

  6. xrachelpx-622-405288
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    I just wanted to bang her head against a wall!! She was unbelievably selfish (I know she had her reasons) But just through one tiny kiss with Kitty and WHAM she wants to kill her self! Was it just me? Id like to hear others opinions.

  7. Ieatfrenchfries
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    i haven’t read the book, yet, but from what i can see by viewing the movie is that nicole kidman and julianne moore’s characters weren’t lesbians, they just admired the other girl so much they wanted to be like her, so the kiss was some way to become them.

    Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

  8. hhralways
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    Virginia Woolf’s and Laura Brown’s storylines were interesting but Clarissa’s was just boring. I mean okay , you’re gay, your friends are gay, your daughter is gay, you regret not having a better relationship with your AIDs stricken gay friend….

    ————————————–

    There’s glass between us.

  9. akakakak83
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    I’ve only seen the film, so if this is further addressed in the novel, I’m interested in any insight from its readers.

    I found that the film’s sense of realism was strained by the number of characters with ambiguous sexual orientation. While there are many motifs reiterated across each time period, from unexpected visitors to cracking eggs, this one felt particularly tacked on as an afterthought for some characters.

    For two characters, the ambiguity was more effective than the others; Virginia Woolf, for one, notably had a long-term female lover while married, and Clarissa’s experiences seemed quite true-to-life: a teenaged tryst with a man followed by a sexual awakening, ultimately leading to a ten-year-long relationship with a woman.

    However, even their believable stories had moments of strangeness. The way Woolf was handled particularly threw me off. In light of her ambiguous sexuality and the allegations of incestuous molestation she suffered as a child, the oft discussed kiss between she and her sister was simply confusing. In retrospect, it seems clear that the kiss is due to longing for her former life in London, but, for as well known those aforementioned sexual experiences are, it seems like that kiss was intentionally meant to confound the audience, and to no specific purpose. For Clarissa, the sheer level of devotion she exhibits for Richard, and seemingly visa versa, and her self-proclaimed trivial-feeling relationship with Sally makes one wonder how or why Clarissa and Richard’s relationship even came to an end.

    Thereafter, each subsequent character who exhibits questions of sexual identity felt tacked on merely for the sake of having it there. Laura’s kiss with Kitty, though moving, profoundly altered the tone of her sense of alienation, and then was never again addressed. They threw an emotional wrench into the works, and then promptly ignored it. Richard, in his moments of lucidity, is almost obsessed with his time spent with Clarissa, but instead went on to have relationships with men. Even Louis, who seems unambiguously gay, makes a point to use ambiguous or gender-neutral words when describing falling in love with a student.

    When suddenly, and for no apparent purpose, most of the characters start experiencing these moments of questioning and longing, it trivializes the moments; they seem commonplace, rather than groundbreaking to those few for whom they were life-changing.

  10. jusdatruth
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    hey there

    are there any sex scenes in this show

    Just the Truth

  11. Danielle_Knightley
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    Interesting dynamics in this movie for sure. Just wondering your thoughts on how women are portrayed? Am actually writing a rhetoric paper on this and would love to hear your thoughts.

    Also, what do you think the flowers and the eggs represented?

    I always wanted to mate an English thoroughbred with a bush brumby.

  12. theclarinetguy2003
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    How would you describe this movie in one word?

    My word is: Delicate

  13. ScreamGellarCruzNine101
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    This film really deserved to win for Best Picture. Honestly…I haven’t respected the Academy since.

    Sarah Michelle Gellar / Penelope Cruz/ Kate Winslet

  14. Memento84
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    I just watched this for the second time last night and it’s such an incredible film. The writing, the acting, just incredible. In any event, I keep watching the last scene of the movie with Virginia’s voice-over dialogue and I’m having trouble understanding what is meant when she says, "At last to know it, to love it for what it is, and then, to put it away." What is meant by the "to put it away" part? Is this a reference to suicide? Anyone know the definitive answer to this or think they know?

  15. sergio_lv13
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    I certainly do. This movie is timeless in my opinion. I’ve seen it about 10 times, and everytime it strikes me as a beautifully made film. It definitely captured me in a way I hadn’t been captured in the cinema. The raw emotion of the characters is palpable and the music enhances every scene!

  16. decrd1986
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    im sorry, its been a LONG time ive seen this movie. i wanna buy it.

    can anyone tell me why she left? was she gay?

    or she just up and left coldly? thanks.

  17. reza_dzikry
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    hey guys i need to ask you about 1 thing…

    i am going to make thesis and i’m considering feminism to be the theme..

    so what do you think it’s better, should i analyse the hours or mrs dalloway..and what is the thing that i should analyse…

    thank you so much

  18. scream92
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    why was clarissa taking care of richard?

    were they lovers once? i thought she was gay? bi?

    and i read somewhere that the gay guy who had just come from san francisco was once richards lover which would make richard gay right?

    so why is he with clarissa?

    is that how he got AIDS?

    i dont get it. either the movie wasnt to clear, or i wasnt paying attention.

  19. Fried_Noodles
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    Everyone in this film was well acted and the directing was amazing along with musical score. But when I finished the film I’m not quite sure what the whole movie really about, I guessed because I am a 18 year old guy. Could anyone help me?

    I think the movie is about how women who are depressed and are a little similar even though they are in different time periods and are trying to find what really make them happy in life or is it about the book Mrs.Dalloway and how it influence people in the future?

  20. Anonymous
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  21. shtajner
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    In my opinion:

    Nicole Kidman

    Charlize Theron

    Kate Winslet

    Jennifer Conelly

    Meryl Streep

    Julia Roberts

    Gwyneth Paltrow

    Oprah Winfrey

    Whoopi Goldberg

    Miranda Richardson

    Dusan Malenov

  22. hanna-s
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    What’s the song called in the original trailer?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGUGkSiGGV4

    It starts at 0:58 and I can’t find it anywhere.

    If someone can help me out, I’d really appreciate it!

    Thanks in advance!

  23. leobourne
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    In the scene when Juliane Moore meets Meryl Streep towards the end of the movie,the camera shows Meryl’s tilted profile.The lighting is exquisite,and so is her beauty.She was looking divine,and I was thrown off balance by how beautiful she was.Her black dress contrasted the color of her skin,and she looked truly remarkable.Whew,at this age,what a striking beauty.

  24. Senyales
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    I think ‘The Hours’ is among the best movies and one of my all time favourites and ‘Six Feet Under’ is among the best TV shows. The reason why I post this here is because the feeling that I got after watching ‘Six Feet Under’ and ‘The Hours’ is unlike any piece of TV show or cinema that I’ve seen. It’s hard for me to describe but these two pieces really moved me.

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    (=’.’=)

    (")_(")

  25. maddylangham
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    I was just wondering in real life who it was who found Virginnia’s body in the river was it Leonard?.Or did someone else find her and he had to identify her anyone know?.

    It always gets me what courage she had to walk in and just drown not fight it you can’t even begin to imagine(in my mind at least)what that death must have been like).

    "It is my buisness to protect your majesty…. against all things."

  26. leobourne
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    Anyone living in England…pls tell me how far Richmond is from London…I was really envious of Virginia…I would love to live in a place like Richmond…

  27. j-curl
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    Divorce your husband, and take care of your kid. But Julianne Moore’s character should have never left her kid like that. That’s just evil.

  28. dramaqween914
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    When Julianne was talking to Meryl at the end and she said something along the lines of, "you’re lucky, I didn’t fit in, so I wanted to kill myself", I kind of guessed that she was saying she was so discontent with her life in the 50s because she was secretly lesbian and Meryl should be happy that she could and can be openly gay. I thought it explained everything, but now I’m not so sure. Can anyone share any insight?

  29. mensahcarrelle
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    Toni Collette is such a genius.I absolutely adored her performance as the unhappy Kitty.That scene with Julianne Moore was really amazing:beautiful,sad,strange and disturbing.I love how her caracter changes:she’s all smily,then miserable and finally distant and cold as ice.Very intriguing performance.Bravo,Toni!

  30. bareilles
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    I was wondering – I know that the "to look life in the face…"-quote is a real quote by VW, but is it the same with the other quote: "Leonard, always the years between us, always the years, always the love, always the hours". And if so, I would like to know where these lines come from? Because I’ve read her suicide letters and neither have these words in them. Did she write these things in a letter to Leonard? Was this on another occasion than around her suicide?

    Thanks!

  31. Anonymous
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  32. Addj
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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angelica_Garnett

    Wonder what she made of the film?

    “DAMN IT, *PERINO’S* is *MY* PLACE!!!!!"

  33. popdiva1973
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    Was the woman with the 3 children that went to visit Virgina really her sister? I was confused by their long kiss at the end. I thought they were lovers perhaps and Virgina just told the maid it was her sister to disguise the nature of their true relationship.

    I also thought it was chilling that Laura did not regret abandoning her family and her saying I chose life (abandoning her family) instead of death.

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