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…
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 👍
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."
Kleines trauriges Drama um ein Paar, die versuchen über den Verlust ihres Kindes hinwegzukommen. In 2-3 Szenen hat mich der Film wirklich berührt. Wohl die Stärkste Leistung,die ich von Nicole Kidman gesehen habe. Aber auch Aaron Eckhart sowie Miles Teller spielen großartig. Absolut sehenswert.
i feel like my mom would really appreciate this film and validate things for her and find it draws parallels with her own experience with grief and loss of a son
also: nicole kidman is an amazing actress
also: miles teller plays a bright teenager with a scholarship who skips class in order to research parallel universes; this is definitely a prequel to 'fantastic four'
This movie is an okay meditation on adult grief buffered by smart casting. Oh and Wiest pay smart support, but if you're gonna watch this movie, it's for an unbelievably internal performance by Miles Teller. Just steals the whole movie.
A slow and careful movie about loss (kid).
Whoever already lost a loved one in her/his life will know the hole they leave and how it feels to not close like ever (and how you try to ignore it).
The movie shows a couple in exactly that void.
"Does it ever go away?'
I watched Rabbit Hole for a few reasons. One reason is that I've been watching a bunch of sad/depressing movies lately, so I decided to keep with the theme and another was because Nicole Kidman received an Oscar nomination for it. Just like Reservation Road, which I watched yesterday, this one is about a family dealing with the death of their young child after he was hit by a car. The two films make for a good double feature if you're up for it (it could be a difficult watch due to the subject matter of the two films). Rabbit Hole has a strong emotional core and you really feel for the characters because of…
Sorta a lob right down home plate, from where I stand, although one swung at by someone who can do good work with a bat. Interesting hypersaturated visuals evoke a certain suburbia that reminds me of It Follows and I'm sure neither can really claim to be progenitors of but does make for an evocative safeness, especially alongside the score, which contrasts heavily with the pain of the narrative. I love the way that cuts are chosen to hide little gestures a less thoughtful movie would draw a lot of attention to (I noticed it most when Eckhardt basically all but threw his hands up in the air toward the beginning when Kidman decided she didn't want to eat at…
It's odd how certain films come into your life when they are needed. This is a tough film to watch at times because the realism of grief the two leads embrace/share/show/reject is very on point. I was never much of a Nicole Kidman fan but after watching the Hours and now this...she is a very talented actress when the script allows her to be. Stoker is another one where she shines.
If you are going through loss - this is a tough one to accept. But if you allow it...it can be freeing.
Cast and characters: 10/10
Production values: 8/10
Visual Effects: 7/10
It's able to create such a gracefully depressing tone. Each actor is great, and watching them go day to day, pretending not to be broken and hanging on by a thread, is strangely beautfiul. Such a well-crafted peak into the shallows of this couple's tortured history.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Complete list. :-(