Saturday, October 23, 2010

Chasing Virginia

I cannot begin to express how much I love "The Hours." It is one of those films I can watch over and over again without any sense of being dragged through the entire time. I can't even remember how many times I've watched it. Sometimes at night, when sleep is as elusive as a poor man's luck, I watch it—OK, my favourite parts. It's like a visual lullaby that most of the time gets me watery-eyed.

Now, I don't know much about Virginia Woolf, or her works—except maybe for Mrs. Dalloway, which I did not even finish reading due to internal haemorrhage, if you catch my drift—but this film, in a deep and odd way, makes me feel like I know her personally.

This "train station" scene is one of the most—if not the most—poignant, gripping, and puissant scenes. Nicole Kidman's performance throughout the film is amazing, but in this scene, she's simply remarkable. And Stephen Dillane's performance was equally phenomenal, too.

To say that I can relate to the character's sentiment in this 6-minute clip is an understatement. I feel like I'm vicariously "living" this scene, or rather the emotion in it, every single day.