Saturday, November 19, 2011

Rabbit Hole

It is so seldom anymore that a movie strikes me enough to stay in my brain for more than the 90 minutes it takes to watch it that I’ve not ever written about one. That changed last week with Rabbit Hole starring Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart.

Rabbit Hole is about what’s left behind when a child dies. Unlike typical Hollywood fare there is no redemption or major emotional denouement in this film. Instead there are characters so raw and flawed that it almost feels wrong to watch. They behave in ways that are cruel and unacceptable but when viewed through the lens of grief become understandable. Director John Cameron Mitchell’s touch is deft, neither too much or too little, and Nicole Kidman’s performance remarkable.

So if the latest romantic 'comedy' left you cold and you want a film that makes you feel something then Rabbit Hole should not be missed. It’s not all sorrow and pain but also speaks to love and hope. It’s small, intimate, and yet, so big.

1 comment:

Abby said...

I haven't rented a movie in forever and never even heard of this one, but this review reminded me to tell you you rock at reviews. I'm not kidding. You have a total niche for reviews.

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