Rabbit Hole; Film Review

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“Rabbit Hole” is a heart-felt, film based on the play by David Lindsay-Abaire about a family who struggles to come to grips with the sudden loss of their four year old son and the depression that haunts them.  The main characters, Becca (Nicole Kidman) and Howie (Aaron Eckhart) are a married couple who find solace in different ways that initially offends the other.  However, as time progresses, they both realize the need to compromise as an effort to move forward in the midst of this tragic set of circumstances.  

The couple frequents a weekly group therapy meeting at which they meet Gabby and her husband who have been attending the sessions for eight years.  From Becca’s perspective, Gabby and the rest of the attendees are a bunch of professional mourners and begins to question God’s motives for taking their children.  They all have one thing in common- a burning desire to make sense of the unfortunate hands that they’ve been dealt.  As one couple rationalizes God’s actions as a need to have another angel, Becca interjects, “well why didn’t he just create a new angel?  He is God!”  Becca later concludes that God is a sadistic prick when her mother tries to offer her support through church services. 

On the other hand, Howie insists upon attending the group sessions until he gets closer with Gabby who eventually is abandoned by her husband.  They both turn to marijuana as a temporary fix for their blues until Gabby shows Howie the importance of compromise to save his marriage.

The most fascinating aspect of the movie is the complexity of Becca’s character.   She initially rejects her mother’s attempts to comfort her despite the fact that she has also suffered the death of a son.  Ironically, the only joy that Becca finds comes from regularly conversing with the young boy named Jason (Miles Teller) who accidentally took her child’s life.  Naturally this perplexes Howie who has no choice but to accept that this is his wife’s way of dealing with the pain and guilt that they all share.   The story even shows how Jason deals with the pain by illustrating a comic book entitled “Rabbit Hole” in which there are multiple universes that exist all at once.  Both Becca and Jason fantasize about an existence in which they are happy sincerely. 

Overall, this film takes the audience on an emotional rollercoaster and leaves the viewer hopeful that this family can mend the pieces of their broken hearts .  “Rabbit Hole” receives an 8 out of 10.


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