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The Hours

The Hours has been nominated for nine Oscars including Best Actress for Nicole Kidman playing Virginia Woolf. The lives three womem are inextricably linked through the character of Mrs. Dalloway

india Updated: Mar 23, 2003 14:15 IST

Cast: Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore
Director: Stephen Daldry

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.

Inspired by Virginia Woolf's 1925 novel Mrs. Dalloway, Michael Cunningham wrote The Hours over 75 years later. Now The Hours has been made into a film, the result of an inspired collaboration by some of the most creative and accomplished talents working in film today.

Published in 1998, Michael Cunningham's The Hours was hailed as a literary accomplishment of major importance. It received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the PEN/Faulkner Award, and was chosen as Best Book of 1998 by The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune and Publishers Weekly.

First Published: Mar 21, 2003 14:47 IST