Review: ‘Rabbit Hole’ is a realistic tale of human tragedy

Last Updated: Feb 18, 2011, 16:10 PM IST

Spicezee Bureau

It is often said that time is the biggest healer, yet slowest of all. Pain and suffering are most underrated emotions, which can have crippling effect on human psyche.

In John Cameron Mitchell’s ‘Rabbit Hole’, Becca (Nicole Kidman) and Howie (Aaron Eckhart) are the perfect couple until their life is ruined by tragedy – loss of their four year old son in a devastating accident, after which, things never remain the same. The duo even joins a support group and tries to seek comfort in everything under the sun, but to no avail. Even love fails to extricate the couple from their excruciating pain.

‘Rabbit Hole’ may be just another predictable story, but a great screenplay and powerful performances by Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart makes it a moving saga of love and loss. ‘Rabbit Hole’ is a highly charged drama that portrays humans battling grief. It shows Becca’s struggle with her inability to come out of her deceased son’s memories as well as Howie’s abject condition, where he takes up to pot-smoking sessions with an analogous victim.

‘Rabbit Hole’ is dark, eerie and realistic film, which shows how human beings collapse under great tragedies so much so that Nicole is unable to carry a steady relationship with Howie.

The film takes a complex turn when it showcases a painful yet delicate bond between a grieving mother and her deceased son Jason (Miles Teller), whom she accidentally killed.

When everything else fails for Becca and Howie, ‘Rabbit Hole’ goes philosophic when it questions the human existence and existence of parallel universes.

Watch out for the powerful performance by Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart in this poignant tale of pain.

Ratings: Three cheers for this one!