This week’s featured Reel vs. Real film once again breaks away from the usual biographical films, and instead puts the spotlight on a 2002 drama film which starred Nicole Kidman as Virginia Woolf.
Virginia Woolf’s 1935 novel Mrs Dalloway remains one of her best-known and celebrated works, so it may not come as a surprise for literature geeks that it inspired a couple of movies. Aside from a 1997 film version of the novel, there’s also the 2002 adaptation with a twist: The Hours, which was based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel — also inspired by Woolf’s work — of the same title by Michael Cunningham.
The Hours tells the story of three women from different times whose lives became intertwined with the novel Mrs Dalloway: Clarissa Vaughan (Meryl Streep), a New Yorker organizing an award party in 2001 for her long-time friend and old flame, a poet ill with AIDS; Laura Brown (Julianne Moore), a Los Angeles housewife in the 1950s who picks up Mrs Dalloway to escape her conventional life and unhappy marriage; and Virginia Woolf (Nicole Kidman) herself at the time she began writing Mrs Dalloway in 1923.
The movie was well-received and critical reaction from publications like The New York Times and San Francisco Chronicles were mostly positive. The Hours earned nine Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, while Nicole Kidman scored the Best Actress award for her performance as Virginia Woolf.
Watch the trailer for The Hours below:
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A series made for cinephiles, Reel vs. Real highlights some notable biographical films that you may or may not have watched, and puts the biopic actors side by side with their real life counterparts.