Apple has the trailer (now streaming after the jump) to John Cameron Mitchell’s Rabbit Hole starring Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart as a couple dealing with the loss of a child. The film debuted to strong reviews at Toronto in September:
Peter Debruge, Variety
“Grief may be the topic under examination, but humor — incisive, observant and warm — is the tool with which it’s dissected in “Rabbit Hole,” a refreshingly positive-minded take on cinema’s ultimate downer: overcoming the death of a child. Adroitly expanded from the legit hit by playwright David Lindsay-Abaire (its original, Pulitzer-winning author) and director John Cameron Mitchell, “Rabbit Hole” fittingly offers a parallel-universe variation on what Broadway auds saw, with Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart delivering expert, understated performances as the pic’s central couple.”
Scott Weinberg, Moviefone
“…quite simply, one of the best films I’ve ever seen at a festival. I’ve always contended that there’s no such thing as a “flawless” film, but now I’m going to amend that phrase to read “There’s no such thing as a perfect film.” Because ‘Rabbit Hole’ is, as far as I can tell, pretty much flawless.”
Chase Whale, Gordon and the Whale
RABBIT HOLE isn’t easy to watch. In fact, I can assure you that bringing Kleenex to your screening would be a very good idea. Its heavy theme is supposed to taking you on a tear-streaming journey, and it sure will. In a tale of tragic loss, unexpected friendships, and finding happiness in whatever that may be, RABBIT HOLE scores big.
I know Mitchell is probably better known for Hedwig and the Angry Inch, but I really loved Shortbus. Based on this trailer, it looks like he’s taken a tired cinematic subject and injected it full of life and humor into another winner. Some people don’t like her, but Nicole Kidman is always terrific in my book.
Rabbit Hole also stars Dianne Wiest, Sandra Oh and Giancarlo Esposito. It opens December 17.