Feb 062011
Authors: Jason Berlinberg

You know, movies that tackle tough subjects are some of the best ones out there.  This little personal mentality of mine holds true with “Rabbit Hole,” a play-turned-film from writer David Lindsay-Abaire.  

This despondent tale stars Becca (Nicole Kidman) and Howie (Aaron Eckhart) trying to piece together the shattered remains of their marriage after the death of their four-year-old son, Danny.

Becca cannot find solace from the haunting memories of her son, remembering his presence nearly everywhere she goes.  Thinking it would free her from grief, Becca gets rid of almost everything she can that reminds her of Danny.

However, Howie clings to these last few memories of his son and tempers boil when the two are at pits trying to maintain their sanity.
Although the film is very straightforward, the emotions that the couple goes through in their harrowing grief are as complex as they come.  And watching the destructive aftermath that the tragedy leaves in its wake will bring you to tears.

Through a solid script and poignant performances, the film relays what I could only imagine to be one of the most unbelievably painful catastrophes to go through.

When life hands you something so devastating, reality disappears and limbo settles in. There is no way to tell which way is up or what awaits you next.  As Lewis Carroll might say, you go down the rabbit hole.  

“Rabbit Hole” is rated PG-13 for relating a heartbreaking tale of a family’s destruction.

Movie reviewer Jason Berlinberg can be reached at verve@collegian.com and can be followed on Twitter at twitter.com/jasonberlinberg.

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