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Mrs Clarissa Dalloway is preparing for a party, and in the process, aspects of the characters and their lives are revealed. Mrs Dalloway's former admirer, Peter Walsh, returns from India. Other characters who arrive on the scene are Sir William Bradshaw, a doctor, and Sally Seton, an old friend of Mrs Dalloway's.
Mrs Dalloway was filmed in 1997 by Dutch feminist film director Marleen Gorris. It was adapted from Woolf's novel by British actress Eileen Atkins and starred Vanessa Redgrave in the title role. The cast included Natascha McElhone, Rupert Graves, Michael Kitchen, Alan Cox, and Sarah Badel.