This quietly powerful film commences eight months after the death of a couple’s son, so we watch them torn between grieving the loss and contemplating moving on, as best one can after such a tragedy. This ostensibly simplistic concept draws the viewer in with precarious, tender and genuine scenes of a strained marriage. Nicole Kidman’s stripped-down, raw performance as Becca is arguably one of her best in years. Eckhart [Howie] proves that he can play serious with an Academy-award winner. He’s not just strong looking but tender and open. I’m a fan of both Kidman and Eckhart. I’ve seen every film that both these thespians have done. Dianne Wiest is Becca’s wise mother [Becca’s brother died of a drug overdose as an adult]. She doesn’t push. She doesn’t cajole. She just supports her daughter as best she can. Rabbit Hole is stunning and truly momentous.
[this review ran on my site during the film’s theatrical release last year]
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart, Dianne Wiest, Sandra Oh
Director: John Cameron Mitchell
Screenplay: David Lindsay-Abaire
Release Date: April 19, 2011
Run Time: 91 minutes
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