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    I always hear about Toni Collette and Ed Harris but never Richardson. What did you think about her performance?

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    I just rewatched The Hours yesterday. It’s not a great movie, but the amount of talent on screen makes it intensely rewatchable. The three stories are also very well paced and weaved together, with occasional moments of true emotional poignancy (Meryl’s scenes with Ed, especially the last one, Julianne’s bathroom scene, Nicole’s train station scene, Toni’s only scene.)

    SO many great actors in small throwaway roles.. Atkins, Martingale, Danes, Collette, Janney. And yes, Miranda Richardson, who was great as always but the role just did not have much going for it. Unlike Kity, whose entire story we experienced in just one short scene, and Collette acts it beautifully, going from upbeat and spunky to listless and devastated.

    Can anyone also please enlighten to me as to why Virginia full on made out with her sister Vanessa played by Richardson. Every time i rewatch the movie, i have to check Wikipedia to confirm they were indeed blood sisters, and it makes me squirm. It appears that maybe they wanted to allude to the fact that Woolf was bisexual, but as far as i read, her and Nessa were not in an incestuous relationship. I suppose the make out was to be a catalyst for the “Did i not seem better?” confrontation, but still, it is just such a WTF moment. Anybody has another read on that moment? I really bothers me every time.

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    I just rewatched The Hours yesterday. It’s not a great movie, but the amount of talent on screen makes it intensely rewatchable. The three stories are also very well paced and weaved together, with occasional moments of true emotional poignancy.

    It’s interesting. You said it’s not a great film but you also praised the most important aspects of the film. Would you say it’s a good movie then? What makes it not great? And what would have made it better?

    Can anyone also please enlighten to me as to why Virginia full on made out with her sister Vanessa played by Richardson.

    It actually was reported that Virginia and Vanessa did in fact have an incestuous relationship. If you do research on the topic you’ll find the different accounts written about it. In regards to why Virginia and Vanessa passionately kissed, if you look closely you’ll notice that Virginia was the one who came onto Vanessa and then kissed her, not the other way around. I can’t find the interview but Nicole Kidman once said that Virginia kisses Vanessa so passionately because Virginia longs for her sister’s life and the kiss serves as a way to kind of suck some of that spark and energy out of her sister. It’s similar to how Laura was sort of jealous in a way of Kitty’s life and was much more upbeat. It’s difficult to explain but I hope I’m making sense and helped. She wants to live in London, which is made clear in the film first while she’s talking to Vanessa and then when she flees her home to catch a train to London. It was clear that when Vanessa was leaving Virginia didn’t want her to stay and I see their kiss as Virginia’s way of asking her to stay and a sad goodbye.

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    She is very good in a true supporting perfomance. I wouldn’t nominate her as the year is too competitive but she more than delivered.

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    Honestly I forgot she was even in it. It’s been a while since I saw the movie.

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