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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Stimulating...

    I saw this in the theaters awhile back, and was blown away... Cunningham's vision, which seemed impossible to translate to film, was (almost) fully realized. Afterwards, I couldn't stop thinking about it and the questions it raised. The Hours is not, however, to be mistaken as sentimental or particularly heart-wrenching. The enjoyment I got out of it was mostly intellectual, and the first effect wore off pretty quickly. I don't think I could watch it multiple times. Of course it's still worth seeing-- the acting, directing, etc. are excellent- but it's a film of intellect, not emotion.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Screenwriter in Ohio

    I am adding a review for this film simply because it is not only a wonderful experience, but also because of another review I read here. It would be most unfortunate if people chose not to see ''The Hours'' because of an irresponsible review from a person who clearly should have chosen to view one of any mindless sequels available at the local multiplex in lieu of this literate, beautifully realized exercise by Mr. Daldry & Co. People often speak of films that exist solely for either entertaining or intellectual purposes. ''The Hours,'' based on Michael Cunningham's terse, elegiac novel (adapted smartly for the screen by David Hare), does something well nigh impossible when it comes to adaptations of largely internalized novels to the screen: it succeeds, and then some. In short, the film (and novel) is a meditation upon those primary elements which sustain us through life: familial passion and obligation; the search for individual and cultural identity; and the desire of discovering those moments of happiness and desire which spur us throughout the hours and days which comprise our existence(s). The lynch pin here, of course, is Virginia Woolf, whom, when we meet her, has begun writing a stream-of-consciousness novel which in its execution will depict a day in the life of a London woman as she goes about the myriad tasks of planning for a dinner party. The time frame is 1923. Next, we find a California housewife and mother of one (soon to be two; she is pregnant) who has begun to question not only her own identity, but the choices she has made (marriage, motherhood) in the search for said identity. She feels stifled, claustrophobic, and finds refuge only when she is alone, reading. The book she is reading, of course, is ''Mrs. Dalloway,'' by Virginia Woolf. The time frame is 1951. Finally, we find ourselves with a Manhattan book editor, Clarissa Vaughn, who lives with her partner, Sally, amid the sooted and concrete metropolis of New York. Clarissa is planning a party for a dying friend, a poet, who has just been honored with a prestigious poetry prize. Clarissa is, quite frankly, the modern-day version of Ms. Woolf's title character, Mrs. Dalloway. The time frame is 2001. As for plot, I will stop there and say only that the film moves seamlessly between these three stories, all of which are connected in a way that acts somewhat as a thriller. What Mr. Cunningham and the filmmakers have accomplished to express is the oddest and most wonderful strain of ''biography'' that I have ever read or seen. Through transitions so fluid that one is often caught off-guard, they weave the three characters into a mosaic punctuated by desire, resilience, and a certain lingering melancholia. Not only have they taken an unfilmable novel and made it splendidly so, they have also revealed the importance of literature's abilities to not only brighten our lives, but to inform them, as well. As stated, the direction is taut, fluid; so, too, is the writing. Instead of watching characters speak in a manner that would elsewhere be laden with exposition, they speak here with a familiar sort of syntax which reveals to the viewer a sense of lives that have been spent in close quarters. Sometimes, words are not needed at all. One need only ''listen'' to ''hear.'' As for the performances, all are wrought with an honesty that, at times, leaves one staggered and trembling. From Virginia's fiery testimonial on a train station platform (a scene that, I suspect, earned a very good Ms. Kidman a Best Actress Academy Award), to a housewife contemplating life and death in an anonymous, silent hotel room, to a modern woman breaking down in a kitchen that has suddely come to seem like a strange, alien territory to her, each actor -- Ms. Kidman, Ms. Moore, and Ms. Streep -- rise not merely to the task of ''acting,'' but of pushing that envelope further into a very real state of ''being.'' True, the film deals with many

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