Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||John Cameron Mitchell|
|Produced by||Nicole Kidman|
|Screenplay by||David Lindsay-Abaire|
|Based on||Rabbit Hole by|
|Music by||Anton Sanko|
|Cinematography||Frank G. DeMarco|
|Editing by||Joe Klotz|
Odd Lot Entertainment
|Release date(s)||December 17, 2010|
|Running time||91 minutes|
Rabbit Hole is a 2010 drama film starring Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart, and Dianne Wiest, and directed by John Cameron Mitchell; the screenplay is an adaptation by David Lindsay-Abaire of his 2005 play of the same name. Kidman produced the project via her company, Blossom Films. The film premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival in September. Lionsgate distributed the film.The plot deals with a couple struggling to heal after the untimely death of their young son.
It received a limited US theatrical release on December 17, 2010 and expanded nationwide on January 14, 2011.
Becca and Howie Corbett (Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart) are a happily married couple whose perfect world is forever changed when their young son, Danny (Phoenix List), is killed by a car. Becca, an executive-turned-stay-at-home mother, tries to redefine her existence in a surreal landscape of well-meaning family and friends. Painful, poignant, and often funny, Becca's experiences lead her to find solace in a mysterious relationship with a troubled young comic-book artist, Jason - the teenage driver of the car that killed Danny. Becca's fixation with Jason pulls her away from memories of Danny, while Howie immerses himself in the past, seeking refuge in outsiders who offer him something Becca is unable to give. The Corbetts, both adrift, make surprising and dangerous choices as they choose a path that will determine their fate.
Nicole Kidman as Becca Corbett
Aaron Eckhart as Howie Corbett
Dianne Wiest as Nat, Becca's mother and Danny's grandmother
Tammy Blanchard as Izzy, Becca's sister
Miles Teller as Jason, the driver
Sandra Oh as Gabby
Patricia Kalember as Peg
Mike Doyle as Craig
Jon Tenney as Rick
Stephen Mailer as Kevin
Giancarlo Esposito as Auggie
Phoenix List as Danny Corbett
Sara Jane Blazo as Jason's mother
Ursula Parker as Lilly
Rob Campbell as Bob
The project was filmed primarily in the Douglaston neighborhood of the borough of Queens, New York City. The $4.2 million production had a 28-day shoot.
Due to a scheduling conflict, Kidman declined a role in Woody Allen's You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, in favor of this project.
Owen Pallett was initially scheduled to compose the score, but then Abel Korzeniowski was announced. Ultimately, the position went to Anton Sanko.
The film opened at the Mill Valley Film Festival on October 16, 2010.
Festival and other advance showings of the film have garnered good reviews in particular for Kidman and Wiest. Kirk Honeycutt of The Hollywood Reporter said, "Kidman grabs the central focus of the story as the more distraught of the two. The performance is riveting because she essentially plays the entire film at two levels, the surface everyday life and then what is turning over and over again in her mind."Peter Debruge of Variety found it "a refreshingly positive-minded take on cinema's ultimate downer: overcoming the death of a child," and called it "a adroitly expanded from the" stage play, "with Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart delivering expert, understated performances." Roger Ebert gave it 3.5 stars out of 4, calling it "... entertaining and surprisingly amusing, under the circumstances. The film is in a better state of mind than its characters. Its humor comes, as the best humor does, from an acute observation of human nature. We have known people something like this. We smile in recognition."
The film received a standing ovation at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the film currently holds an 86% 'Fresh' rating.
Awards and nominations
The following are nominations received by Kidman:
Academy Award for Best Actress
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead
Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress