At first glance, it looks as if there’s nothing new here, nothing that hasn’t been done before. A married couple loses their young child to a tragic car accident, and Rabbit Hole is a study of their grief, their discord, and the grim aftermath.
—but a look deeper offers a glimmer of originality. Based on a play by David Lindsay-Abaire (which I have not seen or read), Rabbit Hole makes a difficult situation even more difficult. In the midst of her grief, Becca Corbett (played by Nicole Kidman) finds a way of picking herself up—by having an affair with a young comic book artist. I won’t spoil any further; but suffice to say, there are layers to this story that, in the hands of a capable director, could offer an interesting spin on an old plot summary.
I do hope the film is darker than the trailer suggests, as the wrong tone could turn a grief-study like this into melodrama. Regardless, I’m intrigued.
Trailer after the cut: