1. The film The Hours is a morbid film that follows the lives of three women across three different time periods.  The major themes of the movie are mortality and sexuality.  All three women are forced to deal with suicide and death in their lives, and all three women seem to be unsure of their own sexual identity.  The film revolves around the way these themes affect the lives of these three women, and how each woman deals with them.  However, when watching the film, you do not get the sense the film is all about mortality or sexuality; rather it is how these three women deal with both of these heavy moral concepts.


2. An obvious theme from the book excerpt on Amazon was Clarissa’s undying love for Richard.  The first 5 pages are littered with Clarissa’s thoughts about Richard, how she once loved Richard and how she still loves him, and about how she still takes care of him.  A problem you could run into when adapting this to film is how to show Clarissa’s strong, undying love for Richard on the screen.  In the film, I got the feeling she still loved him but you never hear her admit it until about halfway through the movie.  It seems to be an important theme in the book, but it is not mentioned for some time in the film, which may slightly confuse some viewers; or at least cause some viewers to misinterpret their relationship.





Points out a lot of interesting quotes from the film that brings to light some of the main themes of the movie.




This was website talked about the directing, more specifically how the director allowed his three actresses to portray their characters with such raw emotion and feeling.




This source is instrumental in understanding the complex, multilayered nature of The Hours.  The author of this blog points out how so much of what the three women do is synchronized, which is part of what makes this film truly unique.  The way the women wake up to their version of an alarm clock, the way they put their hair up, and their relationships with their significant others all highlight the parallels between these three women.  Another interesting point made here is how Nicole Kidman acts as the author of the novel, Julianne Moore acts as the reader, and Meryl Streep acts out the novel which is another cool thing the director of this movie does that you may not necessarily pick up on.



4. What does the title of the film, The Hours, refer to? What is its significance and what theme or themes does it suggest?


The film, The Hours, refers to a life the three women are living which is significant because they are all trapped living lives they want no part of.  Nicole Kidman, as Virginia Woolf, is stuck living in the countryside instead of London because of her mental illness.  Despite the best efforts of those around her she just cannot simply be complacent while living there; she yearns to live out her life in the real world, and to stop trying to protect her from herself.  She must pass the hours of each day cooped up in a house she does not want to live in.

Julianne Moore, who plays housewife Laura Brown, is trapped in suburbia purgatory.  She is resigned to live a life that never changes; she wakes up, cares for her child, and waits for her husband to return from work.  Driven insane by this societal imprisonment she contemplates suicide as her way out.  However she is unable to bring herself to do this to herself and is instead resigned to outlive both her husband and her son.

Finally Meryl Streep, who plays Clarissa Vaughn, seems to be stuck in a life where she struggles to find happiness.  The one person who she was truly in love with and at her happiest is slowly dying of AIDS.  Now she is stuck putting on a façade, living with a partner who she does not love.  To make matters worse, she must stand by helplessly and watch as the only person she loved slowly dies and eventually takes his own life.  Waking up and going through the motions everyday is a truly taxing experience for Clarissa.