Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman and Julianne Moore star as three women from different eras who are linked by their common yearnings and fears.

Virginia Woolf (Kidman), in a suburb of London in the early 1920s, is battling insanity as she begins to write her first great novel, Mrs. Dalloway. A wife and mother in post-World War II Los Angeles, Laura Brown (Moore) is reading Mrs. Dalloway and finding it so revelatory that she begins to consider making a devastating change in her life. Clarissa Vaughan (Streep), a present-day version of Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway, lives in New York City and is in love with a friend who is dying of AIDS. Also starring John C. Reilly, Claire Danes and Toni Collette – their engaging stories intertwine until they come together in a surprising moment of shared recognition.