This Train station in Richmond, England scene from the film, The Hours, has so much emotional intelligence it should be mandatory viewing for couples. Forgive the image quality (obviously not HD) of this video capture and listen closely to Virginia and Leonard work through the argument to understanding/empathy and love. When Leonard collapses in the classic British semi-collapse, sans tears, then looks up at Virginia to inquire, “Are you hungry”? A sincere inner boy creature comfort line after a difficult obstacle has been overcome.
It is readily apparent how well acted this scene is by both actors. The reason the acting seems so genuine is that it is drawing on universal themes and human frailty.
The Hours Film
The story of three women in different times, related only by a parallel in their personal lives. One, present day, throwing a party for a writer friend suffering from AIDS. Another living in 1949 Los Angeles, suffering as a young wife and mother. The last, Virginia Woolf, writing “Mrs. Dalloway” and contemplating suicide. Based on Michael Cunningham’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning novel becomes a motion picture starring Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, and Nicole Kidman, directed by Stephen Daldry from a screenplay by David Hare
The Hours tells the story of three women: Virginia Woolf, beginning to write Mrs. Dalloway as she recuperates in a London suburb with her husband in 1923; Clarissa Vaughan, beloved friend of an acclaimed poet dying from AIDS, who in modern-day New York is planning a party in his honor; and Laura Brown, in a 1949 Los Angeles suburb, who slowly begins to feel the constraints of a perfect family and home. By the end of the novel, these three stories intertwine in remarkable ways and finally come together in an act of subtle and haunting grace.
The Hours is the winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.