Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
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.…
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…
I just want to give Nicole Kidman a hug, and tell her everything is gonna be okay. I think it's her performance that makes this movie so damn good.
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."
What a sad, depressing, and frustrating movie. This film showed how the death of their child transformed a couple's lives.
Nicole Kidman was perfect as always. It's nice that she seems to gravitate toward the more emotional roles. Aaron Eckhart was good in this as well. It's important to have strong actors when the movie is a character piece, and this movie pulls it off.
90 minutes of reinforcement that if your child dies your life is over.
Unforgettably bleak! It's strange, but welcome, that a whole intricate story emerges (quite ambiguously) from a single, unseen event in the past. A mother and father grapple with the emotional implications of the accidental death of their only son, both using other people as receptacles for rage, sympathy, and/or love.
One of the film's few flaws, in the midst of all this beautiful devastation -- Nicole Kidman's slip into her Australian accent during a screaming match with Aaron Eckhart -- comes during a scene of such raw, powerful emotion that it only seems to add to the film's graceful truth.
★★★★ = Very good
Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart star in this excellent drama about a marriage going through difficult times. They are a couple drifting apart, seeking answers from others rather than solace in one another.
Although the subject matter is difficult, John Cameron Mitchell’s Rabbit Hole is both entertaining and amusing. Its humour comes, as the best humour does, from an acute observation of human nature.
Short reviews on high quality films. No spoilers.
Rabbit Hole is a movie starring Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart, Miles Teller, Dianne Wiest, Tammy Blanchard and Sandra Oh. It tells you the story of losing a child, all the aftereffects that everyone involved has to go through. Becca (Nicole Kidman) and Howie (Aaron Eckhart) lost their 4-year-old child Danny, when a boy named Jason (Miles Teller) runs him over by a car.
It's a very depressing story, you feel for everyone involved, but the lack of depth makes this movie not as good as it probably could have been. Nicole Kidman does a great performance, you can really tell that her character is struggling. Also Miles Teller does a good job for his role, really starting to like this…
Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart play a couple dealing with the loss of their four year old son. Based on the Tony Award winning play, this film digs deep into how we each deal with death. It's moving, bittersweet and painfully sincere.
Don't get me or my rating of the movie wrong, it's definitely a good movie. I just think to be honest, I wouldn't really want to see it again. Maybe it's just because of the difficult subject matter - it's no major spoiler, it's about a married couple dealing with the death of their young son. There are very good genuine performances by both Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart, and I also have to mention Dianne Wiest, you haven't seen her much lately, I have moreoften seen her in lesser material. Some of her scenes were actually a major delight. It's also good that the film is not very long, but maybe that's also part of the problem, why I…
An average life crisis film about a young couple dealing with the death of a child. Would have been more interesting if the characters were better development and the plot not so focused on the tension between the married couple.
The characters weren't likable or interesting so I just couldn't get into the story and feel emotional about their loss. Rabbit Hole was like watching a boring stage play. The scenes were well acted, but it just didn't grab my attention or affect me emotionally enough. I found myself taking my eyes off it and my mind wondering during it's whole running time.
It's worth seeing for Nicole Kidman's performance, she always plays a mother like figure in her films,…
A captivating study on the individuality of grief. This is one of Nicole Kidman's finest moments.
Film 18/56 of my “December, a.k.a. watchlist month” challenge
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
- Only God Forgives
- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
- Spring Breakers
- A Field in England
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…
- The Elephant Man
- The Man from Nowhere
- Project Nim
- The Red Shoes
One of the most interesting things about films/art is the shared experience. I am always interested in what appeals to…