The first 1012 films are from The 1,000 Greatest Films list, and maintain the original order. The films that follow…
Becca and Howie Corbett are a happily married couple whose perfect world is forever changed when their young son, Danny, is killed by a car. Becca, an executive-turned-stay-at-home mother, tries to redefine her existence in a surreal landscape of well-meaning family and friends. Painful, poignant, and often funny, Becca's experiences lead her to find solace in a mysterious relationship with a troubled young comic-book artist, Jason - the teenage driver of the car that killed Danny. Becca's fixation with Jason pulls her away from memories of Danny, while Howie immerses himself in the past, seeking refuge in outsiders who offer him something Becca is unable to give. The Corbetts, both adrift, make surprising and dangerous choices as they choose a path that will determine their fate.
Recommended to me on my Lend me your Heart list (which can be found here)
This is one of those films that adds an extra dimension if you have children. It is a bleak film, with a tiny sparkle of hope, about grief, relationships and family and while it didn't completely satisfy on an artistic level, on an emotional level it affected me deeply.
Slowly but surely in the story we learn about the tragic accident that killed Kidman's and Eckart's son. We get to know all involved and how the couple deal with this tragic loss. Central in this narrative is the relationship of the parents, the strain it is under and the way it effects people around them.…
Zooming in on Becca and Howie’s (non)coping with the sudden death of their four-year-old, Rabbit Hole obviously deals with themes as grief, anger, sadness and pain, but its pivotal story arc - that of Nicole Kidman who projects her internal struggle on others - is simply about destruction. Even knowing the situation she’s in, it is hard to sympathise with her maniacal attitude, her downright rude behaviour and her inclination to seek confrontations with those around her, trying to give support. In real-life we’d collectively hate such a person of course, but on film it works so well as a perpetuator of the overall story! Especially since Kidman puts down a top-notch believable performance; although slight nuances could have helped…
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Your emotional response to Rabbit Hole will depend on your life experience. If you are a parent, this film will drain you emotionally.
As a father, Rabbit Hole is not an easy film to watch.
It's a film that I had to talk myself into watching. It would have been more difficult to watch it in 2010 when the film was released because my son would have been the same age as the character's in the movie.
Kidman, Eckhart, Oh, Wiest and then newcomer Teller all give wonderful performances.
Rabbit hole is a tough watch and most likely an experience never to have again but with phenomenal acting and a strong emotional core, thumbs up 👍
As a parent how could you ever deal with the death of your child?
This is the whole crux of the story here as two grieving parents try to put their lives back together after their 4 year old is killed in a car accident. Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart are the struggling couple desperately trying to keep their marriage together as they become more and more detached from each other. Group therapy helps Eckhart, but Kidman's psyche seems forever damaged as she retreats inwards and then eight months after the loss of her son she confronts the teenage driver who killed her son. Understanding he wasn't the cause of the tragedy but a victim of circumstance just like son…
Rabbit Hole tells the story of a couple's grief when they tragically lose their son in an accident. With a sombre tone throughout, it is impossible not to feel disheartened and that is why this film is so engaging. It is so easy to believe and associate with Becca (Nicole Kidman) and Howie (Aaron Eckhart) making Rabbit Hole so realistic, it's incredible.
Nicole Kidman’s performance is Oscar-worthy; her portrayal of a grief-stricken mother is very touching. Her seeming desperation to forget Danny existed, countered with Howie's inability to erase him from his mind, makes for a very emotional watch.
Rabbit Hole is very beautiful to watch and he frequent references God and Science means it caters to everyone's beliefs. The idea of a parallel universe is comforting, as Becca says, "Somewhere out there I'm having a good time."
Grim but good performances
Elizabeth Kubler-Ross came up with the famous five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. Yet is acceptance the end of everything? "Rabbit Hole" is a movie that says the answer is no as it delves into exploring the effects of guilt, blame and possibly vengeance that come after that acceptance.
You wouldn't know from the opening, but Becca (Nicole Kidman) and Howie (Aaron Eckhart) have lost their son in an accident when he chased their dog down the street and got run over by a car. Most days they behave like a very normal couple that's moving on with life, though underneath the veneer of their well-heeled suburban lives lie latent tensions that refuse to stay dead;…
What should have been a devastating portrait of one affluent couple's grief in the wake of the death of their four-year-old son instead registers as a well-intentioned but bloodless exercise.
Maybe it's a case of something getting lost in translation, but it surprises me that the play on which John Cameron Mitchell's ("Hedwig and the Angry Inch," "Shortbus") film is based won playwright David Lindsay-Abaire the Pulitzer Prize. Because if anything about the movie struck me as especially lacking, it was the material. The performances are uniformly fine, but I was never able to shake the impression that they could have been so much better if the actors had been given something better to do. The movie offers an outline…
Becca and Howie Corbett are a happily married couple whose perfect world is forever changed when their young son, Danny, is killed by a car. The Corbetts, both emotionally adrift, struggle to re-engage with each other and with a world that has been tilted off its axis.
Good acting. Interesting. I sometimes keep my distance from depressing movies. Nothing personal movie.
Subtle, sobering, impressively believable story about a bereaved couple (Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart) still struggling with their grief eight months after the accidental death of their son. Both central characters are as complex and contradictory as real people; it isn't, as it might be in a lesser film, a simple matter of one of them wanting to move on and the other not ready. Rather, there are nuances, secrets, difficulties; husband compartmentalizes, wife grows ever more distant from other people, but even that is reducing the depth of their progression too much. This is more of a moment in time than a story -- deftly adapted by David Lindsay-Abaire from his own play, and directed with completely palpable familiarity…
Grief is such a pure thing.
John Cameron Mitchell displays a great sensibility to tell this delicate and painfully sad story that could have been made too depressive and hard to watch in the hands of a heavy-handed filmmaker. Besides, the performances are outstanding, especially from Kidman and Wiest.
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…
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