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Movie Review: Rabbit Hole

Courtesy of Creative CommonsDirected by John Cameron Mitchell, Olympus Pictures, 2010.

Starring Nicole KidmanAaron EckhartSandra Oh and Dianne Wiest.

Genre: Drama

Question: When you are sad, do you hate it when people tell you how to feel and act so you are no longer sad?

Rabbit Hole, starring Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart, takes on a family’s tragedy and it’s aftermath with how the mother (Nicole Kidman) copes with the death of her 4 year-old son. Not a light subject but I was thoroughly engrossed with this woman’s plight and how she handled it all. I found it fascinating that everyone around her kept telling her how to feel and react to get over “it”. Her reactions, to the constant barrage of advice, was not something I have seen on film much. For that alone I recommend this film.

I cannot relate to the specific tragedy this woman (couple) must go through but everyone has been sad at one time or another. We have all had things in our lives that take us on a course down a dark road of uncertainty. Clawing back to the light to what feels normal and safe is difficult especially when friends abandon you, others try to relate their experiences to yours and all you want to do is curl up in a ball and be left alone. The film shows that not everyone handles other’s grief well or with respect sometimes.

Does Rabbit Hole give any sort of advice on how to handle the overwhelming sadness, emptiness or helplessness? You will have to see for yourself, but it did show that everyone deals with their pain and suffering differently. How and when they begin to get past their loss is as individual as the person. Not only had Nicole Kidman’s character have something bad happen to her world but their were other characters in Rabbit Hole that also conveyed how people deal with consequences that are thrust upon them.

Rabbit Hole was a tender and poignant film. Nicole Kidman with Aaron Eckhart did a fantastic job at exposing the underbelly of how a couple handles the tragic death of their child. Anger, resentment and the search for closeness with others in order to feel something other than pain are all present in this story. There were times of humor and a cathartic need to take a large sigh during some scenes. But above all, the overwhelming sadness that had taken over the grieving mother (Nicole Kidman) and then her pursuit to be left alone to discover her own path out of her darkness was awe-inspiring. Kidman outdid herself on keeping the subject matter palpable and relatable even if you have never lost a child. Does this film have a happy ending? Well, I won’t say but the journey that was exposed was worth watching because how authentic the story was portrayed.

My favorite thing: Nicole Kidman’s performance.

My least favorite thing: Can’t really think of anything at the moment.

Rating: PG-13

Length: 91 minutes

Review: 8 out of 10

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  • http://www.pacificmelody.wordpress.com/ Melody J Haislip

    Honestly, Katy, I’m sure it’s as good as you say, and I’m sure these two fine actors gave it their all, but because of the subject matter, I’m not certain I could handle it. Not sure if it’s because I’m a weenie, or if it’s that I was born w/o that emotional protective layer some people seem to have. This is to take Nothing away from your usual excellent review!

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  • http://www.tiredofpreviews.com Katy Kern

    Melody, it is a heavy subject matter but it’s not as sad as you may think. It’s more about her journey to cope. She had some funny lines and moves that surprised me. Now you know I am easily affected by movies and I did not cry during this one -- got close in one scene but it never happened. But I totally understand :-)

    Thank you, Melody!

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  • http://juliangallo66.blogspot.com/ Julian Gallo

    Wonderful review, Katy. I’ve been wanting to see this. Caught the trailer not too long ago. This makes me want to really see it now. I’ll take your rating as a good recommendation! :-)

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    • http://www.tiredofpreviews.com Katy Kern

      Thanks Julian. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. :-)

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  • http://tjlubrano.blogspot.com/ TJ Lubrano

    Ah I’m very curious here! *adds it to the huge to see list* Great review, Katy!!

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    • http://www.tiredofpreviews.com Katy Kern

      haha..thanks TJ. You need to take a break and chose a day to watch movies all day long to catch up 😉

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      • http://tjlubrano.blogspot.com/ TJ Lubrano

        Haha. I will take a few days off soon and watching movies is on my list of things to do :)

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  • http://?deanwalker.wordpress.?com Dean Walker

    Great review, Katy. Expremely well written. I hardly ever watch films, but this sounds like a film I would be willing to watch a chic. I sounds like one of those “compromise” films, where the guy gets one pick, the gal a second pick, and the third is a “compromise” film. LOL!

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    • http://www.tiredofpreviews.com Katy Kern

      Thank you, Dean. That is kind of you to say…and yes there are those few that you have to compromise for but this one is worth it :-)

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  • http://?garrycrystal.blogspot?.com/ Garry Crystal

    I keep seeing great review for this film but still haven’t seen it yet, and as i’m not a great fan of Nicole Kidman (apart from The Others, and The Interpretor, Eyes Wide Shut, okay maybe I do like some of her films)I wasn’t going to bother. But your first paragraph has made me want to see it now, will check it out.

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  • Cher Duncombe

    Based on your terrific review, Katy, this will be a must-see film for me. I loved Nicole Kidman in “The Others” and have watched it at least three times. Handling grief is a trial and differs in each individual. I am interested in the plot as well as the acting of Kidman.

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    • http://www.tiredofpreviews.com Katy Kern

      Thanks Cher -- somehow I missed your comment. Hope you get a chance to see this film. It was really good.

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  • http://sipsofjenandtonic.com Jen and Tonic

    What an intriguing concept for a movie. I like Nicole Kidman, but i think I’d see it for Aaron Eckhart-- I think he’s an underrated actor. I, like Melody, am not sure if I could stomach the subject matter. My heart melts into a great big puddle over things like this. However, based on your response to her above I think I may just rent it when it’s out on DVD.

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    • http://www.tiredofpreviews.com Katy Kern

      Jen -- I perhaps should mention that the time the movie takes place is 8 months after the fact…the subject matter is still heavy but the approach to displaying the emotions of the parents and their loss is far different than what you would expect. Is it sad? Yes. But if I didn’t cry it’s not a tear-jerker by any means. Trust me :-)

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