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alitar (profile) wrote,
on 3-9-2004 at 3:41am
I should have gone to sleep a long time ago, but just finished watching the Hours. Don't fully understand it, but I admired it. Excellent acting, complex storytelling. I just couldn't connect with it; I don't think I've experienced enough in my life to fully understand the women's emotions, what they were searching for. I think the film was about loneliness, the lack of connection with the world, a search for something that won't be found, and yet it's present all this time; you just have to accept it and realise it. I don't know that I'm making any sense. It's about life, and deciding whether it's worth living, whom to live for, and why. I had a hard time connecting with the characters; I certainly understood some of the loneliness, the idea...the emptiness of a life that should be full, that appears ideal, and yet so suffocating and desolate at the same time. I just don't think I've felt it as acutely as these women, who want so desperately to be happy, but are so unbearably sad. They suffer, and yet they put up a facade of strength for the people around them, a task that takes so much energy that they're always on the verge of falling apart. I thought the performances and story were brilliant, subtle, and complex (too complex sometimes for me to pick up on everything), so understated, but with great impact at the same time. I'm definitely going to read Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolfe and Michael Cunningham's source material now. Interesting experience, that.
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