Rabbit Hole.

rabbit hole

My niece Vandana is a passionate theater buff and has been a stage artist for many years. She has recently taken on a new responsibility of directing a play and while talking about it with me she suggested that I read the script which is available online.

Having read a few pages I found the going tedious and decided instead to see the film. Luckily, I was able to borrow a DVD of “Rabbit Hole” and saw it at home yesterday.

It is a pity that I had not seen it before as, to the best of my knowledge, it was not released ever in India, or it was at a time when I was not going to movies.

It is an amazing story and one of the rare movies that is full of acting talent rather than action, or hamming. In a peculiar way, it is also a funny presentation but the human drama is what grips you from the word go.

Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart and Miles Teller as a teenager produce some fantastic acting under the excellent direction of John Cameron Mitchell. Great camera work and editing makes it a memorable experience. I intend watching it again after some time.

How I wish that I could go to Bengaluru to see the play on stage!

16 thoughts on “Rabbit Hole.”

  1. Good for your niece, I can relate 🙂 I avoided the movie as I’m one of those people who can’t stand Nicole Kidman and her frozen face. I’m always aware she’s Nicole Kidman acting.

    But having said that, I would love to see your niece’s production 🙂

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  2. It’s always interesting to see how a script changes when directed by talented people. What you say about movies which portray acting rather than action or hamming points to one of my pet peeves about today’s presentations. So many of them are just unpleasant to view! I love movies that make you think, and present the different facets of being human.
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  3. Hello. I found my way here from your comment at WWW.

    I’ve not seen Rabbit Hole but you’ve got me interested. Isn’t it great to find movies you want to visit again and again? As with books back when I could still read… . This week I am watching (yes, again) The Namesake. I read the book when it first came out and love love love Lahiri’s writing. The movie is a different art, but also very worthy. Have you seen it? I’m curious to know what you thought. Movie, or book. I of course am reading it from an outsider’s perspective. But you might have a different reaction to these “exile” works.

    1. Hello! I am glad that you decided to visit and comment. I have read “The Namesake” but did not know that a film was made based on that. My late wife was part Bengali as is my daughter in law and I can vouch for the name phenomenon among the Bengalis as written by Jhumpa. I loved the book and will try and get a DVD of the film to see. Thank you for the pointer.

      1. Although one might expect the movie to be about the son, the “namesake”, the movie is *Ashima.* Even when she is not onscreen, she dominates. And what a performance from Irrfan Khan. I have not found (available to me) any other movies with him which I would watch just to see what he does.

        I don’t know your tastes but another movie I have watched more than once (cough) and highly recommend is Strictly Ballroom by the Australiam film wizard Baz Luhrman. A culture under the uncompromising microscope. Funny, great performances, sad, and a virtual skewer.

          1. Ooops. The first time I posted I did not see your “information” requeest. Both anony mous and Janey Canuck are moi, from out west.

  4. i’m one of those along with WWW. i don’t actually know why but i’ve never liked nicole kidman! and i’m sure she’s a fine actress. i’ve seen her in a couple of things.
    it’s odd. but i’ve never been able to read a play and enjoy it. i don’t know why.
    the stage direction plus the names of the characters before their lines perhaps!
    and KUDOS for your niece! quite a lovely accomplishment. well. lovely not a good word. i know a LOT of hard work has gone into it for her.
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  5. Have you seen The Lives of Others? It is a tense spy drama taking place in East Germany. I think now that I have called it a spy drama I find is not quite the right description: government surveillance? It was an academy award winner not so long ago, for “best foreign film” in the Oscars. Nothing we do or say is private.

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