February 3, 2011

Rabbit Hole - 2010

Director: John Cameron Mitchell
Writer: David Lindsay-Abaire
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart, Dianne Wiest, Sandra Oh

"At some point, it becomes bearable. It turns into something that you can crawl out from under and... carry around like a brick in your pocket. And you... you even forget it, for a while. But then you reach in for whatever reason and - there it is. Oh right, that." Becca (Kidman) and Howie (Eckhart) struggle to keep their relationship together following the abrupt death of their four-year-old son.

Mitchell has made his first mainstream movie, after breaking into the industry with Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Shortbus, and it's not bad. The script is solid and believable, having been adapted by the original man who first brought the story to the stage. It looks very organic, and Kidman certainly gives an Oscar-worthy performance. Eckhart's a little over the top in a few scenes when he gets angry, but otherwise it's a pretty good film, even solely to ponder how it would have been seen onstage. A-

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