Aneesh Chaganty

Movie #236 Rabbit Hole

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2011 at 6:44 PM

Movie #236 Rabbit Hole

(2010, US, d. John Cameron Mitchell)

There’s always a delicate line one must be able to walk on when making a film that revolves around the death of a child. Especially when that film is centered around the normal lives of two parents who are coping with the death of that child. Such is the case the audience is put in with Rabbit Hole, a painfully realistic film that never forces emotion out of the audience. While the success of the film is sometimes measured its ability to play with our emotions, Rabbit Hole is the film that must never attempt to that, with the consequence that it may become forced or fake. It is the film about two parents, played honestly by Aaron Ekhart and Nicole Kidman, as they individually try to set their lives back on track following the tragedy that highlights their lives. Two people who used to be one are now on two completely separate pages and are forced to reconsider everything as they try to pick the pieces up, if that’s even possible. Rabbit Hole is a sad film, but it makes up for it in its honesty. There is no massive spot of hope at the end. You would be wrong in predicting everything comes back together and Kidman is pregnant by the close. It is a film not about moving on, but about questioning whether or not moving on is possible. One of the best films of 2010, Rabbit Hole is powerful, subtle, and powerfully performed.

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