Nicole Kidman is at her best when she goes deep and dark and down in the dirt, so it’s no surprise there is already Oscar buzz about her performance as a bereft mother in John Cameron Mitchell’s Rabbit Hole. Kidman’s role is said to be a return to her To Die For roots, which for old time fans like myself, would be a welcome relief. It seems like so many actresses who start out with that something special get lost along the way to success. In the quest to become a star, they take on role after role, become more about the public persona than actress and the spark in their eyes becomes overtaken by Botox and blonde hair. (Don’t even get me started on how many gorgeous naturally beautiful brunettes seem to think they need to be blonde to be noticed - i.e. Kate Winslet.) So even though the subject matter is about as depressing as it can be, I’ll likely find a rainy Sunday when I think I could handle a few tears so I can try to catch a glimpse of the Kidman of old.
Here are a couple of clips from the film (based on a play by David Lindsay-Abaire) which chronicles the journey of a “perfect” couple (Kidman, Aaron Eckhart) after they lose their young son. Rabbit Hole is purported to be a powerful look at the rippling effects a child’s sudden death can have, with Eckhart’s quiet performance also drawing rave reviews.
Rabbit Hole also stars Diane Wiest, Sandra Oh, Jon Tenney and Giancarlo Esposito.