Sign In  |  Shopping Cart Shopping Cart  |  RSS Subscribe to RSS Feed  
Spirituality & Practice
Search This Site
Loading
Find Us On
Follow Me on Pinterest
DonateNow
Sign Up
Conscious Aging Alliance
Conscious Aging Alliance Events
Search Reviews
Title:

Director
First Name:

Director
Last Name:

Keywords:

Medium:
Practice:

Tradition:
About the Database

Search our database of more than 4,500 film reviews. We have been discovering spiritual meanings in movies for nearly four decades.

Film Review

By Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat

 

Mrs. Dalloway
Directed by Marleen Gorris
BMG 02/98 DVD/VHS Feature Film
PG-13 -- emotional elements, brief nudity

"The point of all spiritual practice," according to Stephen Mitchell, "is to wake up from the dream of the separate self." We are all connected no matter how isolated from others we may seem to be.

Mrs. Dalloway is an elegantly constructed and beautifully acted screen adaptation of Virginia Woolf's novel. Vanessa Redgrave gives a tour de force performance as Clarissa Dalloway, an emotionally cool upper class woman. On a June day in 1923 in London her mind drifts to the past as she gets ready to host a party. Clarissa regrets having chosen a safe marriage to a boring politician instead of giving herself to an ardent suitor. When this old beau unexpectedly appears at her door, he ignites the same intensity of feeling she felt years earlier.

Clarissa's party brings together all elements of English society. She savors the moment but is troubled when a doctor talks about the suicide of one of his patients — a shell-shocked veteran of World War I. Hearing about this death, Clarissa escapes to her room and realizes her soulful connection with this young man's isolation, loneliness, and dread. Then she returns to the party.

In its exploration of universal aspects of women's experiences, this deeply sensitive film is similar in artistry and grace to another film by director Marleen Gorris, the Academy Award-winning Dutch film Antonia's Line. The screenplay by actress and writer Eileen Atkins vividly portrays the subtle message of Woolfe's novel — despite social and psychological differences, we are all connected.

 

Films Now Showing
Recent VHS/DVD Releases

Reviews and database copyright 1970 2012
by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
  Email This Review
Share |
Film Awards
The Most Spiritually Literate Films of:
 
Mrs. Dalloway
Purchase from: