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Hours, The

[cert 12A, 114 mins]

The Hours is the story of three women from three
different periods who share a common feeling that
they have been living their lives for someone else.
Each is alive at a different time and place; all are
linked by their yearnings and their fears. Virginia
Woolf, in a suburb of London in the early 1920's, is
battling insanity as she begins to write her novel
"Mrs Dalloway". Laura Brown, a wife and mother in
Los Angeles in 1951, is reading "Mrs. Dalloway" and
finding it so revelatory that she begins to consider
making a devastating change in her life. Clarissa
Vaughan, in 2001 in New York, becomes a
modern-day mirror image of Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway
as she plans what may be the final party for her
friend and former lover Richard.

Director: Stephen Daldry

Starring: Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore

Level: AS, A2, GCSE

Subjects: English, Film Studies, Media Studies

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