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.…
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."
"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…
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.
Confusingly decent acting with terrible cliche dialog, so that you almost can't tell what's going wrong.
a very well written film that was not directed with enough gut to seize the opportunity or even take advantage of the truly great acting in it.
Me gusto, es un drama con una historia sencilla pero con buenos diálogos y circunstancias. Nicole Kidman esta sorprendente.
Por momento me recordó a Proxy pero de buena manera.
This is a small film, but not a slight one. It's about how a struggling couple grieve in their very different ways after a family tragedy, and that's all, but the narrow focus is turned into a strength by Kidman and Eckhart, who both give stunning performances. The rest of the cast (from Dianne Wiest down to any extras who have a single scene) match them, and the script is pitch-perfect. See it.
Kidman gives arguably the best performance of her career; she is raw, emotional and broken and her performance makes the film a strong drama. The direction is exceptionally distant and emphasizes the alienation of the couple's relationship.
An honest study of grief. Slow, but worth it.
Haven read the stage play and seen the film twice now, I think the film is an accurate portrait of the stage play.
What I liked about the adaptation is that it visualizes a lot of things only mentioned through dialog. Like the accident in the supermarket, the affair and so forth and it did had to making the play cinematic.
What I like about this film is that it makes some valid points about grief, that are totally relatible for an audience member whose going through similar circumstances. I like her little blast at the counseling group when she says "if God wanted another angel why didn't he just make one."
All the characters seemed to have nice arcs although I think some of the supporting cast got a stronger journey in the play, but really a top notch film, and quiet different in style and tone compared to John Mitch
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Although Rabbit Hole is a very good movie, it's very hard to enjoy it at times. Everything gets jumbled up near the end with all the messages that the film is trying to get across. I feel that if the film took more time with the story and characters, it could have been something special.
- Only God Forgives
- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
- Spring Breakers
- A Field in England
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
- Beasts of the Southern Wild
- Lilya 4-Ever
- Life Is Beautiful
- Dancer in the Dark
- Christiane F.
My six hundred favorite films (1940-2014); 615-639 are not ordered yet.