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."
I wasn't as annoyed by Aaron Eckhart in this movie, which is a nice surprise. As a matter of fact he kind of sold the whole thing for me. Kidman is superb as usual, and the inclusion of Miles Teller was a smart and effective casting choice. The film managed to thoroughly engage me with its smart writing and well conceived characters. Its not really breaking new ground, but all in all a very enjoyable flick.
Best Leading Actress Oscar Nominees: 1/323
In 2010, Nicole Kidman was nominated for her third Academy-Award for her role in Rabbit Hole. Watching the film now, five years after her nomination, I understand why the academy bestowed this honor upon her. What I do not understand, however, was how Aaron Eckhart was not nominated. Not only did the two actors play so well off each other, but Eckhart, in his own right, was outstanding.
Rabbit Hole tells the story of a couple who, eight months beforehand, lost their child. The married duo do not deal with this tragedy as a united front, but each in his or her own way.
The film asks many questions about grief and relationships surviving…
the only good thing about this movie is miles teller
This film was gorgeously shot and was filled with performances you can't look away from no matter how badly you want to. An uncomfortable, devastating and honest adaptation.
Commanding performances centered around a scenario none of us ever want to think about. Bleak but very well made film.
Rabbit Hole is a sad movie about a grieving couple.
The story is fueled by a steady supply of small reveals that examine the hows and the whys of grief-stricken Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart, the couple whose relationship has gone off the rails. Soon we learn the cause: they had a 4-year-old son who recently died, and the couple are trying to re-find their way in life.
While the story mostly follows Nicole Kidman, who plays the sad/icy role well, I thought it did a good job of also getting into the mind of Aaron Eckhart; he feels less like a supporting character than this role might in another movie. The supporting cast was good, too, particularly Miles Teller…
I don't know why I watched this but it was entertaining and Miles Teller is in it.
I wanted to like this more than I did. People grieve differently, that's about it.
Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart play a married couple who are grieving the death of their son.
My biggest problem with this movie? The title. That might sound like a fairly minor criticism, but a title is more important than you might think. Is "Rabbit Hole" some kind of reference to their grief? (Tumbling down the rabbit hole) Well actually Rabbit Hole is the name of a comic that someone is writing (I won't reveal who). The comic is about parallel universes and the idea of it is that in another universe the child might not be dead. It's actually tackled pretty well within the movie, but the use of "Rabbit Hole" in the title of the movie suggests that…
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
One of the most interesting things about films/art is the shared experience. I am always interested in what appeals to…