Rabbit Hole (12A)

Starring: Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart, Dianne Wiest
Click to follow
The Independent Culture

Could their house be any more beige? Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart play Becca and Howie, struggling to articulate the loss of their young son (in a car accident) both to one another and to the grim echo-chamber of group therapy.

Adapted from his play by David Lindsay-Abaire, it allows the stars much actorly brow-shielding and angsty nose-pinching to suggest that I-Don't-Want-To-Hear-This-Right-Now mood, and most of the time one feels the same way. Kidman has a few good scenes with the teenager (Miles Teller, brilliant) responsible for the fatal accident, though you still notice how little expression she gets into her face since the Botox-overload. If you must watch the portrait of a marriage strained to breaking-point, try the recent Blue Valentine, where you at least feel sorry for the unhappy couple that once cherished and loved each other.