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Rabbit Hole
     

Rabbit Hole

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Director: John Cameron Mitchell

Cast: Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart, Dianne Wiest

 

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Adapted for the screen by David Lindsay-Abaire from his own Pulitzer Prize-winning play, director John Cameron Mitchell's Rabbit Hole stars Oscar winner Nicole Kidman and Golden Globe-nominated Aaron Eckhart as a married

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Adapted for the screen by David Lindsay-Abaire from his own Pulitzer Prize-winning play, director John Cameron Mitchell's Rabbit Hole stars Oscar winner Nicole Kidman and Golden Globe-nominated Aaron Eckhart as a married couple who find their relationship on life support following the devastating loss of their young child. The further their relationship deteriorates, the harder the grieving parents fight to keep it alive.

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All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
With the gender-bending Hedwig and the Angry Inch and the sexually upfront Shortbus, director John Cameron Mitchell proved he was thrillingly unafraid of being explicit. But his third feature, an adaptation of David Lindsay-Abaire's play Rabbit Hole, finds him embracing subtlety without sacrificing his taste for the melodramatic. The movie stars Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart as Becca and Howie, a couple grieving the death of their young son months after a traffic accident took his life. They are each floundering in their own way -- Becca has mostly cut herself off from people, while Howie ends most days watching videos of their son on his phone. Attending a group therapy session with fellow grieving parents does nothing for Becca, but Howie strikes up a friendship there with Gaby (Sandra Oh) that quickly escalates into an emotional bond. Meanwhile, unbeknownst to Howie, Becca has been having conversations with Jason (Miles Teller), the teenage boy who played an unwitting role in her child's death. The dramatic tension in Rabbit Hole -- the title comes from a comic book created by Jason -- stems from the question of whether a marriage can survive such a devastating emotional trauma. And while the film never shies away from Becca and Howie's pain, it doesn't wallow in it either. Kidman and Eckhart are excellent together -- their characters' deep love for each other hasn't disappeared, it's just buried under layers of sadness, hate, and anger that bubble to the surface even as they try to tamp them down. Kidman's icy demeanor makes her early scenes all the more powerful -- Becca's refusal of a neighbor's kindly invitation to a party is socially acceptable, yet unmistakably pointed. Contrast that with the tender exchanges between Becca and Jason, and you can begin to appreciate the range Kidman is capable of. Eckhart and Oh get the film's best laughs, especially in a scene when, after smoking pot, they attend another group counseling session. The movie feels intimate rather than explosive; the emotional stakes don't seem trumped up, but instead seem intimately personal. That's a savvy creative choice by Mitchell and his cast because with material like this it's tempting to manipulate the audience into sympathetic tears. There are big moments, to be sure, but they are just moments -- the kind of sudden outbursts that will be very familiar to anyone who's lived through the senseless loss of a loved one. Rabbit Hole is a simple film, written, acted, and directed with empathy.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/19/2011
UPC:
0031398133742
Original Release:
2010
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:32:00
Sales rank:
60,644

Special Features

Closed Caption; ; Audio Commentary with the Director, Writer, and Director of Photography; ; Deleted Scenes; Theatrical Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nicole Kidman Becca
Aaron Eckhart Howie
Dianne Wiest Nat
Miles Teller Jason
Tammy Blanchard Izzy
Sandra Oh Gabby
Giancarlo Esposito Auggie
Jon Tenney Rick
Stephen Mailer Kevin
Mike Doyle Craig
Roberta Wallach Rhonda
Patricia Kalember Peg
Ali Marsh Donna
Yetta Gottesman Ana
Colin Mitchell Sam
Deidre Goodwin Reema
Julie Lauren Debbie
Rob Campbell Bob
Jennifer Roszell Sotheby's Receptionist
Marylouise Burke Librarian
Jay Wilkison Gary
Ben Hudson Sammy
Salli Saffioti Lori
Ursula Clare Parker Lilly
Phoenix List Danny
Sandi Carroll Abby
Teresa Kelsey Mary
Sara Jane Blazo Jason's Mother
Brady Parisella Caden
Dianne West Actor

Technical Credits
John Cameron Mitchell Director
George Bianchini Camera Operator
Frank G. de Marco Cinematographer
Sig De Miguel Casting
Jan Hounsell Sound Mixer
Kalina Ivanov Production Designer
Caroline Jaczko Co-producer
Karen Kane Asst. Director
Nicole Kidman Executive Producer
Joe Klotz Editor
David Lindsay-Abaire Screenwriter
Geoff Linville Co-producer
William Lischak Executive Producer
Ola Maslik Art Director
Linda McDonough Executive Producer
Gemma O'Neill Associate Producer
Brian O'Shea Executive Producer
Gigi Pritzker Producer
Daniel Revers Executive Producer
Ann Roth Costumes/Costume Designer
Per Saari Producer
Anton Sanko Score Composer
Robin Urdang Musical Direction/Supervision
Leslie Urdang Producer
Dean Vanech Producer
Stephen Vincent Casting

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Rabbit Hole
1. In the Garden [4:13]
2. Cut Off Date [3:28]
3. News To Share [3:42]
4. Group Meetings [4:14]
5. Baby Clothes [3:55]
6. Seeing Him [5:22]
7. Stepping Out [3:40]
8. Not For Me [5:59]
9. Just Trying To Help [4:31]
10. Not Too Weird [4:35]
11. Smells Fine [2:46]
12. No One's Fault [3:15]
13. Over the Limit [4:03]
14. Can't Go [:05]
15. Open House [3:17]
16. Grocery Store [5:22]
17. Door Was Open [2:07]
18. Missing Something [2:44]
19. It Changes [1:33]
20. Different Paths [2:18]
21. Prom Night [3:04]
22. Everything Is Possible [3:25]
23. Cook Out [3:22]
24. Then What [3:43]

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Rabbit Hole 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Honest and heartbreaking with exceptional performances by Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart, Sandra Oh and Dianne Wiest. 
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This was one of the best films I watched in 2010. A must see film.