2002 Certificate: 12


Nicole Kidman puts in an Oscar-winning performance as author Virginia Woolf in this adaptation of Michael Cunningham's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about the writer and two women who are deeply affected by her work. Drawing parallels with Woolf's Mrs Dalloway, director Stephen Daldry and screenwriter David Hare skilfully dovetail Woolf's tragic story with those of a 1950s housewife (Julianne Moore) and a modern day party hostess (Meryl Streep). All three face issues of sexuality with varying degrees of tragedy, but though the mood is sombre the drama oozes with sensitivity and class. Ed Harris, as Streep's AIDS-afflicted ex, is a case in point.


  • Stephen Daldry


  • Nicole Kidman

  • Meryl Streep

  • Julianne Moore

  • Ed Harris

  • Toni Collette

  • Stephen Dillane

  • Claire Danes

  • Jeff Daniels