The story follows Becca and Howie (Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart) as they face their day-to-day lives after losing their 4-year old son. They react differently to their grief support group, friends, and family, and they reach out for comfort - to other people.
This is an extremely somber, realistic, and heartbreaking movie. The characters are desperately hurting but carry on with stoic faces and muted voices. "I don't know," is the most-spoken line and it reflects Becca and Howie's mind-numbing confusion and helplessness. The story observes that are no rules to grief and recovery, no magic words to heal the unhealable.
The best performances are given by newcomer Miles Teller as the teen who accidentally killed the little boy and the always-memorable Dianne Wiest as Becca's mother. They are both utterly believable and never look like they're 'acting.' Kidman and Eckhart are also good.
Those who are grieving may love or hate this movie, but will find it honestly done, a bit like picking at a scab until it bleeds. Recommended those looking for a quiet, thoughtful, character-driven film.