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Rabbit Hole - quick review

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#1 of 1 Patrick Sun

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Posted January 29 2011 - 04:31 PM

Pretty much any film about parents still in the grieving process of losing their only child at a young age is bound to be a somewhat somber affair, but for Becca (Nicole Kidman) and Howie (Aaron Eckhart), they struggle with finding some inherent footing of their world after such a tragedy turns it upside down.

Becca and Howie find different ways to cope with their loss, and throughout the film's running time, even with their loss overwhelming them at times, they remain optimistic in light of making changes to create as much emotional comfort and solace they can in order to deal with the pain and the void in their family.  Kidman and Eckhart provide good performances, and even in grief, Kidman's Becca feels more alive than many of her other past film roles.   I was surprised to find out that John Cameron Mitchell directed this film, as its tone was very much restrained, though some bits of humor shine through through murkiness and underlying passive aggressive behavior that pervades Becca and Howie's household at times.

I give it 3 stars, or a grade of B.

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