Spanning across various time periods in the 20th Century, a drama which revolves around three very different women: two of whom have been profoundly affected by the works of Virginia Woolf; the other woman is Woolf, herself. All three are battling with issues of freedom, responsibility and identity. As the story unfolds, they are negotiating their way through different depressive states: Virginia Woolf is struggling to write her novel "Mrs. Dalloway" in 1923, as she recovers from depression; Laura Brown is a depressed and pregnant L.A. housewife who reads Woolf's novel in 1949, as she plans her husband's birthday party; and, the exasperated Clarissa Vaughn is a book editor in modern-day New York, who is planning a farewell party for her AIDS-inflicted former lover, Richard--a famous author who had nicknamed her Mrs. Dalloway.
Danny Boyle’s “127 Hours” recreates the ordeal of Aron Ralston, the hiker who decided to extricate himself from a narrow slot of rock by severing an arm.
2010-11-04 | A. O. SCOTT | Read the New York Times Review of 127 Hours
This remarkably faithful and moving screen adaptation of Michael Cunningham's Pulitzer Prize-winning theme and variations on Virginia Woolf's novel "Mrs. Dalloway" stars Nicole Kidman as the English author who committed suicide in 1941, and Julianne Moore and Meryl Streep as two of her literary and spiritual heirs. Ms. Kidman's Woolf is one of the most disturbing portraits of mental imbalance ever brought to the screen. Ms. Moore (as a depressed Southern California housewife in 1951) and Ms. Streep (as a book editor in contemporary New York) give richly shaded portrayals of intelligent high-strung women on the verge. David Hare's lean, incisive screenplay and Philip Glass's churning minimalist score fold stories that take place in different eras into a single timeless plane. Ed Harris gives a furious, anguished portrayal of an eminent poet dying of AIDS. — Stephen Holden
2002-12-27 | Stephen Holden | Read the New York Times Review of The Hours