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Worth the Fall

  • Dec 30, 2010
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RABBIT HOLE
Written by David Lindsay-Abaire
Directed by John Cameron Mitchell
Starring Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart, Dianne Weist and Sandra Oh
 
Becca: I like that. Somewhere out there, I’m happy.
 
There are times in our lives where we all find ourselves falling down a hole we didn’t see coming.  We are just merrily making our way through the world we know when suddenly, and when we’re not necessarily paying attention, we find ourselves plummeting.  While falling alone can be horrifying enough, tumbling down the same hole with your partner can be incredibly difficult and alienating.  Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart play parents who have recently lost their young son, Danny, to a car accident, in the delicate drama, RABBIT HOLE.  Fortunately for them, director John Cameron Mitchell is there to catch them before they hit the ground.
 
Mitchell made a name for himself when he first wrote, directed and starred in the film adaptation of his own Off-Broadway show, HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH.  His exploration of the marginally sexual not only continued its prevalence in his second feature, SHORTBUS, but it would go places most would never dare.  In his third and decidedly most accessible work to date, RABBIT HOLE, Mitchell almost abandons sexuality entirely and turns his focus on grief and loss.  I use the word, “accessible” loosely, as there is nothing easy about going down this particular hole.  David Lindsay-Abaire’s adaptation of his Pulitzer Prize-winning stage play, looks at a couple suffering the unbearable loss of their only child, a story that we have seen a number of times before, and makes it feel like the individual experience it has to be.
 
Joining Kidman and Eckhart along their journey towards catharsis feels like a privilege, like we don’t really have the right to be there.  Each of their experiences is so separate from the other’s, but you can always feel that they are fighting somewhere deep underneath their own hardship to find their way back to each other.  Eckhart is strong as a husband who is struggling with doing everything he can not to forget but Kidman is just plain unforgettable.  She is doing everything she can to heal, including reaching out to the young boy who was driving the car that killed her son, but she can’t tell if anything is actually working.  After all, what level of sadness is needed to let go and see the world the way it once was?  That’s the thing about rabbit holes though, both in metaphoric terms and in regards to this film, you’re not the same for having gone down them.

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January 14, 2011
Excellent review. I absolutely loved this film even though it hit me like a brick to the face with its themes about the lose of a loved one this is a tough but extremely well made motion picture, a true modern masterpiece.
January 14, 2011
Thank you very much. I cried quite a bit when I saw this film ... both times actually. It is more about the healing than the hurt though and that's what keeps it from capsizing emotionally.
 
January 02, 2011
Wonderful review --
January 06, 2011
Thank you very much. It is a wonderful film.
 
December 30, 2010
I liked this one quite a bit and we both mentioned "Shortbus". Great write up!
December 31, 2010
Yeah, this one has a subtle effectiveness. It's easy to see why the source material won a Pulitzer.
December 31, 2010
Now I didn't know that before. It won a Pulitzer? awesome. This was one of those movies that I really liked a lot,  though I may not watch again...not for awhile because of its themes.
 
December 30, 2010
Wow! Great review! I definitely wanted to check out this flick and think I'll do it on one of those days when I don't mind "going there". This seems like the kind of movie you have to prepare yourself for!
December 31, 2010
Thanks! It's not as hard as all that to get through. I don' want people to think this is some torturous experience. It is more cathartic than anything else but yes, there may be a few tears.
December 31, 2010
Yeah, I'm a very cathartic viewer as it is, so I know it's not the film's fault! After watching Black Swan, I was "weird" (my fiance's words) for like an hour afterwards and I couldn't shake it. When I see movies, I lose myself fully in the story,. so for emotionally wrenching ones, I definitely have to psych myself up for it!
December 31, 2010
I brought my mother and best friend to see Black Swan and they were messed up the whole next day!
December 31, 2010
Good to know I'm not the only one!
 
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Rabbit Hole is a 2010 drama film starring Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart. David Lindsay-Abaire adapted his 2005 play of the same name, and John Cameron Mitchell directed. Kidman produced the project via her production company, Blossom Films. The film premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival in September. Lionsgate will distribute the film.

It will receive a limited US theatrical release on 17 December 2010 and expand nationwide on 14 January 2011.

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Movies, Drama Movies, Drama, Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart, Dianne West, David Lindsayabaire

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Genre: Drama
Release Date: 27 October 2010 (France)
Screen Writer: David Lindsay-Abaire
Studio: Olympus Pictures, Blossom Films, Odd Lot Entertainment
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