1 June 2015

Rabbit Hole

Rabbit Hole 2010
  • Director: John Cameron Mitchell
  • Based on novel: no
  • Cast: Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart, Dianne Wiest, Miles Teller, Tammy Blanchard, Sandra Oh, Giancarlo Esposito
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • Nicole Kidman – Nine, Australia, Margot at the Wedding, Fur, Birth, Cold Mountain, The Human Stain, Dogville, The Hours, Birthday Girl, The Others, Moulin Rouge, Eyes Wide Shut, Practical Magic, Portrait of a Lady, To Die For, Billy Bathgate
    • Aaron Eckhart – The Rum Diary, The Dark Knight, Conversations with Other Women, The Pledge, Nurse Betty, Erin Brockovich
    • Dianne Wiest – Dan in Real Life, I am Sam, Practical Magic, Edward Scissorhands, Footloose, Independence Day
    • Tammy Blanchard – Cadillac Records
    • Sandra Oh – Sideways, Under the Toscan Sun, Waking the Dead
    • Giancarlo Esposito – Sherrybaby, Derailed, Homicide Life on the Street, Smoke, The Usual Suspects, Malcolm X, Night on Earth, Mo’ Better Blues, Do the Right Thing, Desperately Seeking Susan
  • Why? Nicole Kidman
  • Seen:  May 30, 2015 

Here’s another film about which I know nothing but which I seem to remember sounded interesting when it came out.
It soon becomes clear that something is not right with this well-to-do couple. It emerges that they have lost their only child.
They deal with their grief in different ways. Tensions with her family complicate the situation.
It’s a movie that can only be tragic and depressing. But it is also believable and utterly absorbing. Somehow, they get through the rabbit hole to a relieved sense of moving on.
It’s a finely tuned, quiet film and worth the high praise it was given. Nicole Kidman and Diane Wiest as her mother are simply outstanding.

4 * of 5


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