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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Rabbit Hole by John Cameron Mitchell, 2010 (PG-13)

with Nicole Kidman (Eyes Wide Shut, Margot At The Wedding, The Paperboy), Aaron Eckhart (Thank You For Smoking, The Rum Diary), Dianne Wiest (Dan In Real Life), Miles Teller, Tammy Blanchard, Sandra Oh, Giancarlo Esposito, Jon Tenney, Stephen Mailer, Mike Doyle
Duration: 92 minutes

In this raw drama based on David Lindsay-Abaire's Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name, Becca (Nicole Kidman) and Howie (Aaron Eckhart) grapple with the realities of life eight months after the death of their 4-year-old son, Danny. Even with Becca's well-meaning mother (Dianne Wiest) offering comfort and weekly group therapy always available, the couple go about their own secret ways of coping. John Cameron Mitchell directs.

I was surprised to see that two movies about the loss of a child were coming out around the same time, Antichrist and Rabbit Hole. I still have to see the first one, perhaps when I am stronger, since it appears to be really damaging. Rabbit Hole is, in another way. It is also about accepting, healing the anger, the guilt, rebuilding, with the ones that have nothing to do with them, and with the guilty ones as well. It has very strong actors, a great tension, the story gets very close to its characters, at an intimate level, with all the troubling that it may produce. Interesting perspective.


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