Based on David Lindsay-Abaire’s play and directed by John Cameron Mitchell, Rabbit Hole is the heartbreaking story of Becca (Nicole Kidman) and Howie Corbett (Aaron Eckhart). The Corbetts are a young, wealthy couple whose seemingly idyllic life is shattered when their young son is hit and killed by car. We join the couple eight months after the accident and see the toll that different coping mechanisms has taken on the couple’s marriage. Becca wants to ease her pain by eliminating the many reminders of their son, while Howie wants to hold on to everything. He seems to find solace in group therapy, while she finds comfort in occasional chats with the teenager who was driving the car that killed their child. Will the two ever come together and reunite as a family or will they go their separate ways in grief?
Kidman is absolutely fantastic as the grieving, brittle Becca. While we never fully witness the accident, we relive it briefly through her eyes. That piece of non-verbal acting is worth a ton of awards on its own. And Eckhart? He is a revelation. He matches Kidman every step of the way. He is given the opportunity to shine and he seizes it. Dianne Wiest, as Becca’s mother, with sorrows of her own, is terrific, as is Sandra Oh, a mother the Corbetts meet in therapy.
Rabbit Hole is a small gem of a movie. It’s a wonderful script with a superb ensemble cast. It should not be missed.