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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.
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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."
One of Kidman's best performances.
It's like watching that season of 7th Heaven where Simon killed a kid while driving, except condensed to 90 minutes and focused on the parents of the dead kid. They go through the standard steps you expect from a movie about a couple who loses a kid in an accident, but way too fast, causing the audience to find them annoying rather than feeling invested in their situation. At least they only teased at the cliche of the husband having an affair. Even that was unnecessary. Then again, so was watching the movie.
One other thing to add. They try to make up for the short running time by mentioning parallel universes where Kidman's character could be in all sorts…
The acting was good but the story was boring.
A child becomes an orphan when his parents die. But what about a parent who just lost his child? Rabbit Hole touches on the subject, the unhappiness and the feeling of not knowing what to do next. I think if one is familiar with the subject, or knew people who have experienced the same fate, one would have expected it to be a film filled with emotion, that the outbursts themselves can relay what these people with experiences have felt. Rabbit Hole may have not given its extent in the area, but has provided much more. It's not a film that will emotionally drain a person, but it gives enough to trigger something in you.
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John Cameron Mitchell, most known for his portrayal as the flamboyant Hedwig, takes a break from the outrageous but still packs a mean punch with Rabbit Hole. It's a simple film but manages to be engaging, darkly comic and especially heartbreaking. The script is great and the acting brings it to life perfectly. Nicole Kidman gives a wonderful performance but for me, Aaron Eckhart was the highlight during the intense, emotional scenes AND the more subtle moments. Rabbit Hole is sad. Very sad. But it is also very important and teaches us that sometimes we need to hold on to our grief.
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.
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Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!