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Eerily depicting how three women from three different time periods are brought together by a masterful piece of literature. "The Hours" tells the story of three very different individuals who share in common the feeling that they have been living their lives for someone else.
Drama - This drama has almost exclusively adult appeal and is clearly aimed
toward women though men can enjoy as well. The mature subject
matter makes the film inappropriate for young children though it is
fine for the teenage set.
means to say -- about sexuality or children or sadness or the
womanly urge to gather people together, or about AIDS, either. More dismaying
still, I begin to think that it doesn't have much to say at all.''
Three eras, three stories, and three women coalesce into a
continuum that flows through the heart of "The Hours." Each woman is
joined to the other like links in a chain, unaware that the power of a single
great work of literature is irrevocably altering their lives. First there is
Virginia Woolf, in a suburb of London in the early 1920s, battling insanity as
she begins to write her first great novel, Mrs. Dalloway. Over two
decades later, Laura Brown is a wife and mother in Los Angeles at the end of
World War II. who is reading Mrs. Dalloway and finding it so revelatory
that she begins to consider making a devastating change in her life. And then,
in contemporary New York City, there is Clarissa Vaughan, a modern version of
Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway, in love with her friend Richard, a brilliant poet dying
of AIDS. Their stories intertwine and finally come together in a surprising and
transcendent moment of shared recognition.