INTERACT Fan Reviews THE HOURS, by Andreea

Like almost every movie, I've watched this one from different points of view. There was the screenplay and directing point of view and then there was the acting point of view. There are movies that excel in one or two of these elements, but The Hours is a masterpiece any way you look at it.

There is a beautiful line in the movie that kind of describes the plot: "A woman's whole life in a single day, just one day, and in that day her whole life." Three women, from three eras, somehow linked by a book and a character: Mrs. Dalloway. Virginia Woolf wrote the book and I think created Mrs. Dalloway as a woman leading the life Virginia would have like to live, Laura Brown is fascinated by it and Clarissa Vaughn is almost living it. The Hours deals with the philosophy of life, it's about happiness, sadness, life and death. It tells how happiness is in the moment, how we need sadness and death to appreciate happiness and life more, by comparison.

It's three women who lived their lives for someone else, wanting consciously or unconsciously to be free.

Director Stephen Daldry did an amazing job portraying this one single day in the life of these women. I also read the book (by Michael Cunningham), but it can't be compared to the movie, because of the way The Hours is directed and edited.

The acting in this movie is exceptional!! Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore and Meryl Streep...a real power house team.

Nicole Kidman is nowhere to be found in this movie, there is only Virginia Woolf. I am not talking about the make up but about gestures, movement, stature, voice. All the things that are associated with her, things that we are used to get from her performances, are disguised. She plunged into this character and disappeared. This is a great ability she has, to make you forget that "this is Nicole Kidman acting" and to let you see only the character throughout the movie. For me this one of the most memorable and powerful performances she ever gave. Meryl Streep and Julianne Moore deliver impressive lead performances themselves with emotional scenes. Let's not forget Ed Harris, Allison Janney, Toni Collette, Claire Danes, John C. Reilly, Jeff Daniels who are great themselves.

The Hours is a must see, a perfect 10!