The Hours Soundtrack (

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Rating: 7.50/10 from 138000 votes
Alternate Names:
Title in Español:

Las horas

Title in Italiano:

The Hours


This movie concerns three women each suffering from depression. Virginia Woolf (Nicole Kidman) is starting to write her book "Mrs. Dalloway" in 1923 England. She is coming to the realization of her sexuality and fighting her pure despair of life and headaches. Virginia receives a visit from her sister Vanessa Bell (Miranda Richardson) and Vanessa's two sons and daughter. The daughter places a strong influence on Virginia's emotions through the death of a bird. Eventually, Virgnia must face the decision to run away to London, stay with her beloved husband, or move to London where the doctors forbid her to go.

Laura Brown (Julianne Moore) is a mother fearing her ability to be a mother again. She is reading "Mrs. Dalloway" in 1951 Los Angeles, California. Laura is trying to throw a wonderful birthday party for her husband. The very pregnant Laura thinks she won't be an adequate mother to her son and current baby on the way in a few months. Laura must make the decision to run away from it all or live miserably with her happy husband.

Clarissa Vaughan (Meryl Streep) is a career publisher living in present-day 2001 New York City. Her nickname, given by her poet-friend, Richard (Ed Harris), who is dying of A.I.D.S., is "Mrs. Dalloway". Clarissa is also throwing a party, but for Richard, who is receiving an award for his poetry. Like Virginia Woolf, Clarissa is also a lesbian, but also wonders if she is in love with Richard, with whom she once was romantically involved. At the end, the whole plot twists and comes together. The basic theme of this movie is wondering if it is better to live your life for your own happiness or others.

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User reviews

Susan Thomas

The Hours' soundtrack is hauntingly beautiful, perfectly capturing the emotional depth of the characters' struggles.

Laura Moore

The music manages to convey the complexity of the characters' inner conflicts and dilemmas with subtlety and grace.

Andrew Hall

The Hours soundtrack beautifully captures the emotional depth of the three women's struggles with depression and self-discovery. The haunting melodies and poignant orchestration perfectly mirror the inner turmoil and conflicts faced by Virginia Woolf, Laura Brown, and Clarissa Vaughan.

John White

Overall, 'The Hours' soundtrack is a masterful composition that enhances the film's themes of self-discovery, love, and loss.

Richard Hall

Each track in 'The Hours' soundtrack is carefully crafted to mirror the inner turmoil and emotional journey of the characters.

Amanda Nelson

The haunting vocals in some tracks add an ethereal quality to the soundtrack, enhancing the sense of longing and yearning present in the film.

Carol Carter

The use of piano and strings in the music creates a somber and contemplative atmosphere that lingers long after the movie has ended.

Brian Garcia

The Hours' soundtrack beautifully captures the emotional depth of each character's struggles and inner turmoil.

Thomas Moore

The soundtrack effectively enhances the mood of each scene, immersing the audience in the characters' emotional journeys.

Sarah Smith

The combination of the score and the narrative creates a deeply moving and introspective viewing experience that resonates with the audience long after the movie is over.

Melissa Brown

The soundtrack of The Hours is a masterful blend of classical and contemporary compositions, creating a timeless and evocative atmosphere that stays with the viewer long after the movie ends. The music not only complements the narrative but elevates it, adding depth and emotional resonance to each scene.

Donna Evans

The music in 'The Hours' enhances the storytelling, creating a poignant and immersive experience for the audience.

Margaret Scott

The soundtrack's use of piano and strings evokes a sense of melancholy and introspection that resonates with the themes of the film.

Betty Jones

Overall, 'The Hours' soundtrack is a powerful and emotive accompaniment to the story, enriching the viewing experience and leaving a lasting impression.

Donna Robinson

The music in 'The Hours' adds a layer of complexity and richness to the narrative, elevating the film to a truly immersive cinematic experience.

Mark Jackson

The music in The Hours enhances the storytelling by creating a sense of melancholy and introspection that resonates with the themes of the film. Each track evokes a different aspect of the characters' journeys, from Virginia's inner turmoil to Laura's fear of inadequacy as a mother, to Clarissa's complex relationships and self-reflection.

Melissa Taylor

The haunting melodies evoke a sense of melancholy and introspection that perfectly complements the film's themes of depression and self-discovery.