Nicole Kidman makes her producing debut in Rabbit Hole, the feature adaptation of the David Lindsay-Adaire play of the same name. The Oscar winning actress plays one half of a dysfunctional married couple and turns in one of the best performances of her career. Joined by a slew of talented supporting actors, Rabbit Hole is a brutally honest drama about family, loss, and eventual forgiveness. Check out our review…
- Director: John Cameron Mitchell
- Screenwriter: David Lindsay-Abaire
- Cast: Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart, Miles Teller, Tammy Blanchard, Dianne Weist, Sandra Oh, Giancarlo Esposito
- Cinematography By: Frank G. DeMarco
- Original Music By: Anton Sanko
Rabbit Hole centers on a husband and wife and how they each deal with the unsuspected death of their young son. The wife Becca (Kidman) withdraws from the world and concentrates on domestic life, while her husband Howie (Eckhart) wants to heal, move on, and possibly have another child. Becca not only ignores his advances for change but she also forms an unconventional friendship with the teenager (Jason) who’s responsible for her son’s death without Howie’s knowledge.
- The Acting: I know Nicole Kidman is being noted for her performance in this film but in all honesty everyone deserves some praise here. Eckhart brings his A-game, and the talented Dianne Wiest, and the underrated Tammy Blanchard are no different. Also, up and comer Miles Teller will blow you away as Jason. He holds his own opposite a stoic Kidman and a confrontational Eckhart.
- The Story: The premise of Rabbit Hole is something that’s all too real for a lot of people. The actions and emotions that Becca and Howie go through in the film are true to life. The fact that a housewife would withdraw from society, or that a husband might be tempted to cheat because of the lack of intimacy in his marriage makes sense. Nothing is too over the top or “Hollywood.” The story sticks to the bare bones of these people’s lives.
- Music: Like the story, the music in Rabbit Hole is simple and straight to the point. It’s a great companion to the film and actually emphasizes the performances without taking away from them.
- Who Are You Again?: Without spoiling too much for you, there’s a female character who’s mentioned in the film multiple times as a friend of Becca’s. Even though you hear about her a lot you never see her until the end of the movie, and even then it’s a wide shot so you can’t make out her face. Apparently her and Becca were good friends but they stopped talking after the death of Becca’s son. Everyone keeps saying that Becca needs to call her, but it’s hard to understand why. Maybe the character had a bigger part in the play because in the film you’re just wondering, “who are you and why should I care?”
Rabbit Hole is a very simple but heart-wrenching story that doesn’t exactly have the term “holiday movie” written all over it. It’s a character study about loss and forgiveness that will take you to a pretty dark place before it releases you into the light. This film has great performances and a wonderful story. Check it out.
Rabbit Hole hits theaters in limited release on December 17.
Will you be seeing Rabbit Hole this weekend?