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…
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."
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.
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.
"And so this is just the sad version of us..."
Heartbreaking without the theatrical sentimentality that comes with films about couples grieving for their dead child. It takes a certain sensitive yet intelligent filmmaker to infuse this kind of film with an underlying streak of humour and warmth but John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig & The Angry Itch, Shortbus) creates it with effortless ease.
He reigns in some terrific performance from it's cast, Aaron Eckhart plays Howie, the devastated father who spends his nights viewing old videos of his dead son, is wonderfully underplayed by the actor who is unashamed to expresses his feelings so easily. In a way his wife, Becca (Nicole Kidman) is the antithesis of Eckhart's character, willing to…
I enjoyed this much more than I was expecting. The histrionics, while over-the-top, service the story well.
Lack of faith/atheism a theme, styles of grieving
A sock have in form of a film.
Trully briliant. Disturbing and peacefull at some time.
Different ways of dealing with the loss of a dear one.
A must see.
Far too bleak of a film without much substance to make the ride worth while. Its not a bad film its just unpleasant and honestly feels like a waste of time for those who don't wish to watch grief for an hour and a half.
Esta película te pone como el voyeurista incómodo en la habitación. Las actuaciones son de primer nivel, la historia aún más y el desenlace justo y apropiado.
When an author decides to tell so monstrous a story as one of parents dealing with the death of a child, they'd better have a damn good reason for it. RABBIT HOLE has none--despite its desperate attempts to secure a realistic tone, at no points did I believe Kidman and Eckhart were an actual married couple who'd lost their son.
And furthermore, it's a movie that goes to great lengths to AVOID having anything interesting to say. Christianity is set up as a possible response, but it's not sincere; it's a strawman, existing only for Kidman to blow it over. (I only wish the film was self-aware enough to realize that her "Anything is possible with Science!" solution is just…
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.
- 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…