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“But in a way Clarissa here is the film, it’s almost like Clarissa is sitting in judgement of Laura Brown in the way that maybe Virginia Woolf sat in judgement of Mrs. Dalloway in the novel. And the idea that with understanding of another person’s position, the judgement becomes tempered by if not, a kind of forgiveness. Just access to the landscape of their choices and the choice that they made. It’s harder to judge people harshly when you know what it looked like from their point of view.”  

- Meryl Streep, The Hours Commentary