Drama Movies, by Ajay Singh, 26 February 2011

Director: John Cameron Mitchell

Stars: Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart, Dianne Wiest, Tammy Blanchard, Sandra Oh, Patricia Kalember, Mike Doyle, Jon Tenney, Stephen Mailer, Giancarlo Esposito, Phoenix List, Sara Jane Blazo, Ursula Parker, Rob Campbell

Country: USA

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Language: English

Official Site: Rabbit Hole Official Site

Rabbit Hole

Rabbit Hole

Adapted from a play by David Lindsay-Abaire, Rabbit Hole explores the journey of a perfect suburban couple (Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart) whose lives are shattered by the tragic death of their young son. Traumatized in different ways by the horrific event, each searches for a way to reconnect with the world.

It is hard to make a film about the sudden death of a child without resorting to some form of emotional exploitation. The mere mention of the subject is enough to evoke a reaction and save the director and actors a great deal of work. However, despite its decidedly bleak and deeply depressing subject, Rabbit Hole does its best to swerve away from the cheap sentimentality and melodrama that would have made everyone’s work so much easier. The screenplay, adapted by David Lidsay-Abaire from his own Pulitzer Prize winning play is filled with dark, ironic humor and genuine emotion.

Trying desperately to cope with the accidental death of their son, Becca (Nicole Kidman) and Howie (Aaron Eckhart) Corbett seek new relationships and ways of understanding themselves as their once-happy marriage begins to crumble. Unable to face her feelings of grief and guilt, Becca attempts to find refuge in denial. She tries to “erase” her memories of her lost son, disposing of his clothes, toys, and even his beloved dog, at the same time forming a strange bond with the teenager (Miles Teller) who caused his death. Howie, meanwhile, befriends another bereaved mother from their grief support group (Sandra Oh).

Throughout the film, the witty dialogue and deeply nuanced performances keep Rabbit Hole from sinking into depressive darkness or faux-psychoanalysis. Becca and Howie do not need to spend the film howling insults at each other, throwing plates at the walls, or having visually dynamic emotional meltdowns with artistically shredded editing sequences to make their suffering real. It is the calm humor and mundane sequences of daily life existence that make this film so affecting and so believable. This sense of living with irreparable grief within the confines of day-to-day reality is powerfully expressed in a conversation between Becca and her mother Nat (Dianne Wiest), also no stranger to the pain of loss. Talking about her friend’s misguided efforts to comfort her by never leaving her side, Nat complains mainly about her friend’s propensity to over-indulge on her coffee and cinnamon buns.

The world does not stop spinning around Becca and Howie just because their son has died, and that is perhaps the most terrifying part. Becca and Howie are still very much alive, damaged and lost, but still fighting for their marriage and their future, because there will always be more cinnamon buns to fret over.

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