Rabbit Hole

After ‘Hedwig’ and ‘Shortbus’ you may be wondering if the director could ever make a film without a little bit of its tongue firmly in its cheek, so brace yourself for John Cameron Mitchell’s ‘Rabbit Hole’. Based on the play it follows Becca and Howie, in career high performances by Kidman and Eckhart, as they struggle to come to terms with a life altering experience. The greatest thing about this movie is how despite the subject matter Mitchell has managed to make a film that isn’t wallowing or depressing in fact it can be at times completely the opposite, surprisingly uplifting. With a great supporting cast including Dianne Wiest and Tammy Blanchard the story will make you laugh as much as it will pluck at your heartstrings. But the real craft at work here is not only what Mitchell got out of Kidman and Eckhart but how he approaches the overall direction with a style that is uniquely all his own. Each camera shot could stand alone as a still and his framing is quirky but works so well. It’s a film where not a lot really happens but everything that does is so poignant and perfect that the littlest detail could have the most impact. A lot of people will avoid this movie believing it to be depressing but if they do they will miss out, like pinning down a butterfly, Mitchell has captured the essence of human emotion and beautifully pinned it across the screen for all to see. So if you want to feel something, anything, alive even, then go see this remarkable film.

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