Thursday, June 05, 2008

The Hours


“Did it matter, then, she asked herself, walking toward Bond Street. Did it matter that she must inevitably cease, completely. All this must go on without her. Did she resent it? Or did it not become consoling to believe that death ended absolutely? It is possible to die. It is possible to die.”

Three women, one a writer in the year 1923, one a post world-war 2 housewife in 1951 and one, a successful publisher in the year 2001 start a new day of their life, together. Weaving through their life, linking them together is the novel, 'Mrs. Dalloway' being written by the first woman, 'Virginia Woolf' in 1923.

Last Tuesday, i watched 'The Hours' on UTV World Movies.
Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore and Nicole Kidman star in this story of three women searching for more potent, meaningful lives. Each is alive at a different time and place: all are linked by their yearnings and their fears. And it is this yearning, this shared struggle which every woman will relate to, sometime in life.

"Virginia Woolf, in a suburb of London in the early 1920‘s, is battling insanity as she begins to write her first great novel, "Mrs. Dalloway". Laura Brown, a wife and mother in
Los Angeles at the end of World War Two, is reading "Mrs. Dalloway", and finding it so revelatory that she begins to consider making a devastating change in her life. Clarissa Vaughan, a contemporary version of Woolf‘s Mrs. Dalloway, lives in New York City today, and is in love with her friend Richard, a brilliant poet who is dying of AIDS. Their stories intertwine, and finally come together in a surprising, transcendent moment of shared recognition."

The direction, the cinematography, the cast is superb, Nicole being worthy of the Oscar she bagged. The background score, running as a clear stream of memories, merging and fusing comes into its own on crucial moments. As a man, i could only sit at the border of comprehension, bewildered at what goes inside a woman's mind. But as an individual human being, i could very well relate to their dilemmas, their struggle for survival even when everything seems to be going just right, their notions of existence, the wish, the need for an independent 'self' before everything else, and this is what the movie brought to the fore. i just wish i could have watched it with Dee besides.

"Dear Leonard. To look life in the face, always, to look life in the face and to know it for what it is. At last to know it, to love it for what it is, and then, to put it away. Leonard, always the years between us, always the years. Always the love. Always the hours."

5 comments:

How do we know said...

The problem with you, Adi, is that you remind the rest of us how we live half lives.

Someday, as soon as Ishaan is older, I want to watch this film. I have seen only the first 2 minutes of the film, and the Other told me its a very nice thing, but Ishaan was more important right now.. someday, he will be old enough to watch my favorite films with me.. :-)

adi said...

howdy: do i? :) on the other hand, i always think that i'm living an unfulfilled life, something thats not complete, so much more to do kind of thing...
yes, the Other is right and yes, Ishaan is much more important right now. i hope u guys get time to share this movie together. nahi toh, i can come over and take care of him while u watch the movie :)

human being said...

a great review...

'this shared struggle which every woman will relate to'

sure we do... also as a human being as you wrote...
deep inside men and women are the same... aren't they? just the manifestations may differ...
thanks a lot...

and i much relate to HDWK...
when you cannot watch your favorite films because of the dear kid...
:)

adi said...

human: thanks again! and yes, i agree with you, that deep down within all of us are one, perhaps, 'the one'

Sudeep Bhaumick said...

thank you... i finally got to see the movie...

it was one of the most beautiful movies i have come across...

human emotions... if only there could be something more exquisite...

and to bring it to life in a way the movie somehow managed to... well...

some things are best left unexplained in words that cannot capture the entirety of the explanation...

dreamt before

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