Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…
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.
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."
My first child will be here in about two months and he's all I could think about. This movie messed me up pretty bad. I can't fathom anyone going through this and I'm sorry for the one's that have.
The direction is confounding in this film, and severely limits the effectiveness.
Nicole Kidmans performance is not at all convincing, and further isolates the movie with her amateur emoting and insincere expressionism.
Aaron Eckhart is the only person involved with this production who seems to understand his role and is able to compelling portray a broken, torn man navigating grief.
The narrative itself is presented poorly, with strange actions and turns that don't build on previous actions or just make no logical sense.
Left me with an uncomfortable feeling throughout with how Kidman portrays her character in regards to the Teller subplot, but not at all in an appropriate way that would suit the film.
Dialogue is stilted, not helped by the struggling actors, minus Eckhart.
There is also a great misunderstanding of how comic books work.
Overall, the only part of the film that works is Eckhart.
4.0/5.0 = Amazing
A bittersweet accomplishment in directing and performance, poignantly centering around themes of loss and mourning. Rabbit Hole is a mature, rounded case study on the hardships of parenting, building a neatly structured linear narrative that eloquently tells the story of two mourning parents through excellent dialogue sequences. Furthermore, although it is heart-achingly tragic, it still manages to provide enough levity to provide an elegant contrast to the pain felt by the films protagonists.
The films quintessential building block lies in performance. Its leads Kidman and Eckhart are in full swing here. A subtle, gutting performance from Miles Teller further amplifies the narrative, but where the performance really gets all its mileage from is the excellent writing. From…
As a parent this is a movie that I've shied away from for a long while, given its subject matter. Still I was intrigued to see Miles Teller in what I believed to be his early breakthrough performance.
So one night when I had the house to myself I braced myself and went down the Rabbit Hole...
And I'm sure glad I did.
Rather than dwelling on the horrendous loss that provide the backdrop for this story it's a movie that, to its credit, focuses on coping with that same loss. A character driven drama about a struggling couple, the people around them and how each of them tries to find their way upwards and onwards.
It's a film that features a beautiful and delicate touch from J.C. Mitchell that is crowned by stand out performances from Kidman and Miles Teller.
"Movie about moving on 101" or "a series of awkward events". But the acting is good, some bits of dialogue are very inspired, it felt realistic, it didn't try too hard, it did its job and it was well-made. Nothing very unique, but well-made.
Kidman and Eckhart give two raw and powerful performances in this excellently crafted drama.
I am naturally drawn to Nicole Kidman's characters and have always been impressed by her dramatic performances. She knows how to tap into the raw emotions of sadness, grief, disenchantment and relate it in her performances. Rabbit Hole is a very difficult and emotionally draining film, but it is worth every second because it deals successfully with aspects of life that we would rather avoid.
The film begins eight months after Becca and Howie experienced the death of their young son. It covers their attempt to find comfort in a support group. It shows us how they try to deal with their grief and feelings or how they try to avoid them. They have lost the connection with each other…
Some of the more dramatic pieces of dialogue seem a bit contrived, but thankfully the performances are strong enough to carry it through.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
The 2015 edition of the They Shoot Pictures, Don't They? 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films list.
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