Saturday, July 9, 2011

Rabbit Hole

The Mr and The Boy have gone camping with some other guys from our Church, leaving the Little Miss and I home alone for a few days.

While at the DVD store renting Anne of Green Gables (which the Little Miss and I watched together this afternoon) I thought I would rent Rabbit Hole starring Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart.  This is not a movie the Mr would want to watch (he is more of a Terminator meets Aliens kinda guy). If you have seen it, then you would be right to question why I would watch a movie like this with my 4 year old son away....

The movie follows the lives of a couple 8 months on from a tragic accident.  It is hard to watch, and I was openly sobbing at one point, which is rare for me.  The grief is so raw and so real you can feel it hang around you in the air.  And yet, there is nothing contrived about this movie, there is no false sentimentality, there is no promise that the pain will end, there is no happy ending.  But there is a move forward and a grief shared, and I think this is why I have not gotten up from my sofa utterly wretched and depressed.  This is in comparison to how sad I felt at the end of Revolutionary Road, which left me feeling gutted and wondering why on earth I had subjected myself to such hopeless sadness.

For me, I have long been tired on Hollywood endings and empty performances.  The direction and quality acting in this movie was refreshing to me, and I am glad I rented it.  I would love to know what you thought of the movie.

I am hoping to review more movies and books on my blog over the coming months.  I best now go wash off my runny mascara and climb into bed alongside the peacefully sleeping Little Miss...

Trace xx


  1. I have heard of this movie but never got around to watching it...and my husband probably wouldn't be intereted either! :) looking forward to more movie and book reviews. x

  2. Rabbithole sounds interesting, I heard NK being interviewed about her emotions in the film recently. Anne of Green Gables, sigh, can't wait to be sharing this one with Liongirl- she is named after a character in the Anne sequel movie! melx

  3. I have heard of this movie but haven't seen it. It doesn't take much to make me cry so I am sure I would be a blubbering fool! Have a great day! Tammy

  4. Thanks for the recommendation. Will definitely pick it up next time.

  5. Thanks for the recommendation. Will definitely pick it up next time.

  6. i must have missed this one! will be keen to see it now. i felt the exact same way about Revolutionary Rd - just icky, yucky and deep deep hoplessness about it all. As for sobbing, i'm a big sobber in ultimate sob movie is The Notebook - sob my heart out every time xx

    ps - on a happier note, giveaways on my blog, come past if you like xx


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