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MRS DALLOWAY

SYNOPSIS:
In the summer of 1923, during the course of a single June day, Clarissa Dalloway (Vanessa Redgrave), a fashionable hostess, confronts the decisions she made as a vibrant young woman thirty years before. Was she right to have chosen a safe, comfortable marriage to politician Richard Dalloway (John Standing) over the romantic and adventurous life she could have had with her other suitor, Peter Walsh (Michael Kitchen), who unexpectedly returns from India on this of all days.

"A complex and intricate period drama, Mrs Dalloway is a reflective piece, filled with ambience, yet overflowing with self-doubt. This is a time when elegance is in vogue, and the lifestyle is unhurried and uncluttered. Eileen Atkins’ screenplay from Woolf’s complex work, weaves myriads of life’s anomalies and irregularities into the outwardly serene life of Clarissa Dalloway, superbly played by Vanessa Redgrave, herself the epitome of elegance and style. Redgrave exudes innocence, naivety and a youthful exuberance, contrasting with an insecure, world-weary inner-self, on this a journey of thoughts and meditation. Her memories are shown fleetingly in glimpses of colourful scenes from the past; her fear of being overwhelmed by the passionate love of her ardent suitor Peter Walsh (movingly portrayed by Michael Kitchen), as opposed to the safety and stability of life with Richard. Interwoven into the society hostess’ world is the tortured soul and virtual madman Septimus (Rupert Graves, a stand-out), a character allegedly reflecting Virginia Wolf’s own unstable nature. He is unable to hide his inner torment; contrasting Mrs Dalloway’s outward serenity masking her fears. The film is a showcase for Redgrave, whose inner beauty overflows throughout. A film of supreme beauty and delicacy, the settings are picturesque, the gardens glorious, while the elegance and snobbery of the time aptly portrayed. Mrs Dalloway is very much the portrait of a lady, whose complexities are real, accessible and very human."
Louise Keller

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MRS DALLOWAY (M)15+
(UK)

CAST: Vanessa Redgrave, Natascha McElhone, Rupert Graves, Michael Kitchen, John Standing, Alan Cox, Lena Headey, Margaret Tyzack, Sarah Badel

DIRECTOR: Marleen Gorris

PRODUCER: Stephen Bayly, Lisa Katselas Pare

SCRIPT: Eileen Atkins (based on the novel by Virginia Woolf)

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Sue Gibson

EDITOR: Michiel Reichwein

MUSIC: Ilona Sekacz

PRODUCTION DESIGN: David Richens

RUNNING TIME: 97 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: PolyGram

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE DATE: June 4, 1998

VIDEO RELEASE: April 21, 1999







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