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…
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.
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.
Tough film to sit through, dealing with the loss of a child and how it affects not just the immediate parents but those around them.
Nicole Kidman offers a faultless performance, contributing to a delicate, poignant near-masterpiece.
"And so this is just the sad version of us..."
Becca: Does it ever go away?
Nat: No, I don't think it does. Not for me, it hasn't - has gone on for eleven years. But it changes though.
Nat: I don't know... the weight of it, I guess. At some point, it becomes bearable. It turns into something that you can crawl out from under and... carry around like a brick in your pocket. And you... you even forget it, for a while. But then you reach in for whatever reason and - there it is. Oh right, that. Which could be awful - not all the time. It's kinda...
Nat: Not that you'd like it exactly, but it's what you've got instead of your…
It's always a little disturbing when a film about a child's death gets made. Either the filmmaker enters incredibly morbid terrority, or it undermines the child's death entirely. "Rabbit Hole" is a one-of-a-kind film in the way that it emphasizes the loss a parent experiences without tripping up on its own explorations of death and grief.
Nicole Kidman, leagues better than her Oscar-winning work in "The Hours", drives this story as Becca Corbett. Becca, along with her husband Howie (Aaron Eckhart, subdued and solemn), lost her son eight months ago to a car accident. That's all you really need to know.
What makes this movie truly great is the strength of its screenplay. David Lindsey-Abaire, adapting from his own stage play, manages to blend a rare balance of humor and pathos. The exchanges between Kidman, Eckhart, and a spectacular Dianne Wiest (as well as a impeccable Miles Teller) remind us that sometimes the best thing is to move forward.
It feels a lot more dated than it is, and despite decent performance and a moving story line, I failed to be moved.
Heartbreaking performances on a journey to find comfort.
The death of their four-year-old son Danny throws Becca and Howie (Kidman & Eckhart) into a devastating spiral of grief. How they deal with it (or don’t) is very different for each of them, threatening to ruin their marriage. Kidman was well deserving of the Oscar nomination for Best Actress in this part. Great supporting role by Dianne Wiest as her mother, too. A dark film, but well worth watching.
- 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…
- Beasts of the Southern Wild
- Lilya 4-Ever
- Life Is Beautiful
- Dancer in the Dark
- Christiane F.
My six hundred favorite films (1940-2014); 615-630 are not ordered yet.