Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Usually we are subjected to two hours of painstaking agony. We get a front row seat as we watch the lives of the parents fall apart and disintegrate. Seldom is there any hope or the ability to reconnect as a couple and once again find the beauty and happiness of life.
John Cameron Mitchell’s latest film, Rabbit Hole, is a film that breaks the traditional mold of most movies that deal with the subject of loss. It’s an exceptional film that features outstanding performances from Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart and Dianne Wiest. Rabbit Hole is about how we survive loss and how we find a way back to living our lives. The pain of losing a child is undoubtedly devastating. So what makes this film truly remarkable is the ability to overcome loss and find hope.
Becca and Aaron are on a collision course that has the potential to not only destroy their marriage but also their lives. Both are trying to cope in different ways. Becca connects with Jason (Miles Teller) who was driving the vehicle that struck and killed her son. Somehow, they form a unique bond and relationship. Aaron considers an affair with Gabby (Sandra Oh), whom he meets at a support group for parents who are dealing with the loss of a child. Further complicating the situation is Becca’s relationship with her sister, Izzy (Tammy Blanchard), who recently discovered she is pregnant as well as her relationship with her mother, Nat (Dianne Wiest) who is dealing with the loss of her son. Nat continually compares her loss with Becca’s loss which infuriates Becca.
Nat said it best when she told Becca that the pain never goes away. It’s something that we carry forever. But she found that the loss changes over time. She said she found a way to live with it, and that’s OK.