1. Ed Harris saying "I love
you." Harris kills himself to free Meryl Streep of her
"Mrs. Dalloway" tendencies. He makes a conscious choice
here. But as a boy, where he frees himself from his mother, he had
no choice--the mother left. Before each occurs, Harris says,
"I love you."
2. The female to female kissing
scenes: After each female lead does this, the movie shows that she
chooses life, no matter how irrational, convoluted, or
3. The use of flowers, cutting
from one woman's life to the other. This is also used with the
women lying on their beds in deep thought. There is also one where
the door is opened in one woman's time period and then the door
continues to be opened in another woman's time period. This kind
of cutting is used in movies often, where an image from one scene is
repeated in another scene, but in this movie, it works great because
it's a wonderful transition from one woman's life to the other.
4. The scene of Nicole Kidman,
Woolf, looking at the dead bird. It is obvious Woolf has thoughts
5. The scene where Julianne Moore
is asleep on the hotel bed dreaming of water engulfing her. This
repeats the scene at the beginning where Woolf commits suicide by
drowning herself in the river. Thus, Moore is also contemplating
suicide. She senses her present life as a kind of
"death," so she leaves.
6. Harris calling Meryl Streep's
character as "Mrs. Dalloway" who is always giving parties to
hide her true self. In Woolf's novel, Mrs. Dalloway is always
giving parties. She marries a member of Parliament after saying
"no" to a man who reveals his love for her. Because she
says no, he runs off and "ruins" his life in India.
Basically, Mrs. Dalloway's life is shown as "bland."
7. The dialogue where Woolf says
the poet and visionary dies. What happens next is Harris killing
himself by making himself fall out the window.
8. Scene where Moore is shown
lying on the bed by herself and the scene where Streep and her daughter
are lying on the bed talking about that brief moment of true
happiness. These two contrast the characters of these two,
different women. Moore is alone, not sharing her need for life
with her son. Streep is with her daughter sharing these
feelings. So, Streep, who embodies the "modern woman,"
is the best balance of the three characters. She is independent,
has a job, has a daughter and has a female lover. The latter is
non-traditional and thus, is challenging the notion of same-gender
relationships. But of all the three women, Streep's character is
the most hopeful.
There are many, more artistic details
in The Hours with further scrutiny, but these stood out.
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