The Hours

hoursThis film was recommended to be by another blogger, The Dysfunctional Writer and so I watched it for the first time the other day.

I absolutely loved this film.

I would recommend it to anyone – especially in this circle of people interested in mental health. It follows three different women for just one day of their lives, at three different periods of time. They’re all connected by the novel Mrs Dalloway and by the yearning the women have for a different life.

The first story is of Virginia Woolf in 1923, during the time that she is writing Mrs Dalloway in Sussex, suffering from Bipolar before her tragic suicide in 1941.

The second story is about Laura Brown in 1951, who lives in LA. She is married, has one child and another on the way, but desperately desires a different life and is reading Virginia Woolf’s novel at the time of her story.

The final story is of Clarissa Vaughan in 2001. A bisexual editor in New York who cares for her depressed ex, Richard before his suicide. Richard refers to Clarissa by a nickname, Mrs Dalloway.

There are so many other different layers to the film such as views on sexuality over the years and the way in which all three stories have suicidal temptations.

It’s fantastic. I don’t want to give anymore away. Watch it and you won’t regret it.

It’s sad, moving, educational and brilliant.


11 thoughts on “The Hours

    • bylaurenhayley says:

      Oh I think it would be so useful to her! The other two characters are fictional but the Virginia Woolf parts of the film are almost bipographical. It’s really interesting. I didn’t really know anything about her before watching the film so it taught me a lot!


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