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Rabbit Hole

Rabbit Hole: Dense and Emotional Drama

  • Aaron EckhartNicole Kidman
  • Drama
  • Out now
  • John Cameron Mitchell
reviewed by
Salma Tantawi
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Rabbit Hole: Dense and Emotional Drama

A simple
story can often give insight into the complicated lives of others, and the
struggle that they must endure in coping with a tragedy. Rabbit Hole presents
just that; a story of a couple’s traumatic experience and how it has put their
relationship under immense strain.

Based on a
play by David Lindsay-Abaire, Rabbit Hole
is about Howie (Eckhart) and Becca (Kidman); a married couple searching for
consolation after the death of their son in a car accident. Their family and
friends try to help the overwhelmed couple, but they never seem to shake the
grief; no matter how hard they try.

The cast’s
excellent performances and the film’s slow pace will leave viewers anxiously
waiting for the story to develop, but it never does; nor is there any lesson to
be learned from this couple’s struggle. Becca and Howie start off as
a grieving couple and that’s how they continue throughout. Rabbit Hole merely takes a closer look at how people deal with
distress and depression, and how they search for closure in their own, often
illogical ways.

Kidman portrays
the suffering mother with such devotion and passion; she really gets under the
character’s skin so well that the viewer may forget that that she’s acting. The
supporting cast add credible weight to the film, including Sandra Oh, who
presents the only mild twist in the story, which fades away as quickly as it
was introduced.

The lively
characters and the lack of a single boring moment in the whole film
can easily compensate for the tranquil plot, which isn’t a bad thing if you consider the film to be more of a microscope’s look at a scene and less of an
actual story with a beginning and an end.

Though the dark
subject may deter audiences searching for a happy ending, Rabbit Hole
will leave you questioning grief and how people adjust to such drastic changes in
their lives. All things considered, it might not be the most exciting film, but
it’s not easily forgettable either.

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Aaron Eckhart was personally hand-picked by Nicole Kidman to play her husband.

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