Rabbit Hole

One of the best films of 2010.

I left the theaters with damp sleeves, wet cheeks, and heavy boots.  The subject-matter in Rabbit Hole is about the loss of a child – a sure-win for a tear-jerker.  But the performance of Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart as Becca and Howie Corbett moves past the shock of loss.  Without melodrama, Rabbit Hole peers into the daily lives of this couple in months after the tragedy.  Becca and Howie are both trying to learn how to relate with the world again.  Becca is the main focus of the story, the one constantly on the brink of losing it.  Every moment with Becca is on-edge, because no one knows what moment or look, will cause her mental breakdown.  Rabbit Hole is not overwhelmed with grief, it allows some room for humor and maybe even something to look forward to.

Kidman’s performance has been recognized and approved, but it is no better than Eckhart, Dianne Wiest (as Becca’s mother), or Miles Teller (as the boy responsible for the accident).  I suppose as the biggest name, Kidman got the nominations, but each one of these actors delivered an impressive display of talent.  As an adaptation of  David Lindsay-Abaire’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, the dialogue is sharp and potent.  Wiest and Teller should have been formally recognized for their incredible performances  … $10

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