What if your perfect life morphed into something dark and dreary, with one day following the next in slow motion? And what if you tried all the suggestions of your friends—like grief group, or keeping busy—until finally, one day, you just had to try something completely off the grid?
In Rabbit Hole, we meet Becca and Howie eight months after their four-year-old son is killed when he chases his dog into the street. They are living like soldiers in parallel foxholes—or rabbit holes, if you will. The connections they once shared are slowly disappearing. And then we see them putting one foot in front of the other until the journey seemingly brings them back to one another.
Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart are fabulous as the grieving parents. Diane Wiest portrays Becca’s mother, a slightly ditzy and graying woman who frequently puts her foot in her mouth, but who at one point, shares something kind of deep about the nature and longevity of grief. She tells her daughter that it is always there, but eventually, it’s like you come out from under the weight of the loss; it turns into something smaller, like a brick, that you carry in your pocket…always with you, but you’re not always aware of it. It’s familiar and you don’t mind it as much anymore.
A sad, yet uplifting journey of recovery that earned five stars from me.