What not to look out for: Drama. Ignore what the genre says; drama is the last thing you want look for.
Despite a grief filled plot, “Rabbit Hole” is a surprisingly positive film. Nicole Kidman’s grace and depth of emotion does remind you of Kate Winslet in “Revolutionary Road”, yet it’s so different in so many ways. When a marriage is on the rocks for whatever reason, there are two roads it can take. “Rabbit Hole” slowly and steadily takes you on the uphill road. Adapted from an award winning play by playwright David Lindsay-Abaire, it’s surprisingly witty, devastatingly real and definitely inspirational.
Becca(Nicole Kidan) and Howie(Aaron Eckhart) are stuck in a standstill space for 8 months now, since the death of their 4 year old son. The loss has affected both of them in different ways, to an extent that they have stopped communicating with each other. They try to come to terms with their lives in what way they see fit. That’s true at least for Howie. While he tries group therapy, Becca refuses to deal with it entirely, taking out her grief and anger on her mother and a pregnant sister. Nicole Kidman guides us through her anger and denial with such grace and ease that you immediately feel for her. It’s definitely a catharsis of sorts, especially in a scene when she slaps a lady in a supermarket. We don’t care that the act is appalling, we still feel bad for her. That’s Nicole Kidman for you, gracefully aging and terrific in her grief. Aaron Eckhart is subtle and effective along with some interesting performances by Sandra Oh and Dianne Wiest.
Director John Cameron Mitchell delicately plays with emotions to create humor and grief. It’s a movie that makes you realise that even with its trauma; life’s not all that bad. So don’t deny yourself the opportunity to move on and live it.
Verdict: It’s a must watch for the cerebral audience. For all you masala entertainer fans – take a break and give real cinema a chance. Start with “Rabbit Hole”.