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Rabbit Hole [Blu-ray]
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This is the extraordinary story of Becca and Howie. Eight months ago, they had a picture-perfect life with their young son. Now, they are posing as normal in the wake of an enormous loss; blindly looking for footing in a sea of new emotions. This is the remarkably moving journey of a couple finding their way back to love.
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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.
At some point it becomes time to pack the memories away and get on with your life. Kidman reaches that point before Eckhart. She leaves group therapy and does her own therapy by talking to the teenage boy who accidentally killed her son. As it turns out it is good therapy for him, as he too must learn to cope with grief. Another awkward aspect of the grief situation is how relatives and neighbors respond to the grievers. As the movie points out there are no good ways, or at least it is a fine line few people can walk as some people try too hard to be there while others don't try enough.
In the movie "The Rabbit Hole" is the title of a comic book the teenage boy is creating. It becomes a metaphor for coping with grief as people create substitutes for their lost loved one, by visiting alternate realities in parallel universes, but they can never really go back because their love one is dead.
In addition to the comic book, Kidman gets advice from her mother. She tells her that you never get over the loss, but your feelings do change. It is like carrying a brick around in your pocket. You carry it around for so long, sometimes you forget it is there. Then you reach into your pocket for something, and suddenly there it is.
Directed by John Cameron Mitchell
Starring Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart and Dianne Wiest
Lionsgate Films | 2010 | 91 min | Rated PG-13 | Released Apr 19, 2011
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Video resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1
Single 50GB Blu-ray Disc
The Film 4.5/5
Here's a film which made just $2.2 million at the box office, but Nicole Kidman received an Oscar nomination for Best Actress. Are you one of the few who bothered to go and see it? If not, is it worth checking out on Blu-ray?
The subject matter is the likely reason for the film being largely ignored. The title doesn't give away much either. This is not another live action version of Alice in Wonderland. Rabbit Hole is about one of the worst things that could happen to parents; it deals with the loss of a child. That doesn't sound like a fun watch, does it?
The film completely surprised me and I thought it was superbly done.
We aren't told at the outset that Becca (Kidman) and Howie (Eckhart) have suffered a loss. The writing respects the audience and lets us observe their actions. Becca turns down a dinner invitation from a neighbor and doesn't seem too happy when she discovers her sister is pregnant. Howie views a video of a child on his phone and we soon find out that their 4-year-old boy died eight months previously.
Becca is reminded of her loss everywhere she looks. Some of Danny's pictures are still on the fridge; his room looks like it hasn't been touched and she can see his fingerprints around the house.Read more ›