August 24, 2010

Details On Nicole Kidman's Rabbit Hole At The Toronto International Film Festival




In Shortbus and Hedwig and the Angry Inch, director John Cameron Mitchell pushed sexual limits, broke genre boundaries and did both with an all-embracing generosity. He’s made some of the sweetest naughty movies of our time. Rabbit Hole marks a major progression. Gone is the euphoric underground sensibility, replaced by more broadly accessible storytelling and impressive formal control. Taking its place among the highest quality contemporary American drama, Rabbit Hole starts from a superb script interpreted by first-rate actors doing some of their best work.
Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart play Becca and Howie Corbett, a couple trying to mourn, but unsure how to do it. They have retreated into politeness and private rituals, appearing more and more isolated in their upper middle-class home, which looks especially barren now that their young son is gone after a hit-and-run tragedy.
Unable to mourn but unready to re-enter daily life, Becca rebuffs her family, snapping at her more reckless sister and humiliating her mother (Dianne Wiest) every chance she gets. She even turns her sharp tongue on the members of the support group which she and her husband attend. As Howie makes genuine efforts to connect – including an overly earnest attempt with another mourning parent, played by Sandra Oh – Becca begins to pursue a course even she doesn’t understand. She starts to reach out to the boy who killed her son, a teenaged driver whose life was irrevocably changed by the incident. Their relationship, full of curiosity, suppressed rage and a surprising mutual recognition, forms the fascinating counterpoint to the discordant notes of a marriage in crisis.
Mitchell shapes this material with maturity and grace. Dianne Wiest gives a nuanced performance to match the best of her work. Eckhart is superb as a husband tortured by both the death of his son and the withering of his marriage. Kidman is remarkable. We expect disciplined, precise work from her, but there is new range here, and a willingness to show frayed emotions that makes this one of the finest performances of the year.
Cameron Bailey

Principle Cast:
Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart, Dianne Wiest, Miles Teller, Tammy Blanchard, Sandra Oh
Director: John Cameron Mitchell
Producer: Leslie Urdang, Dean Vanech, Nicole Kidman, Per Saari, Gigi Pritzker
Executive Producer: Dan Revers, William Lischak, Linda McDonough, Brian O'Shea
Cinematographer: Frank G. DeMarco
Editor: Joe Klotz
Sound: Ron Bochar, Ben Cheah
Production Designer: Kalina Ivanov

Rabbit Hole is part of TIFF's Special Presentation group which means that "These are crowd pleasing films made by some of the most sought after directors working today. Director’s are often in attendance too!"

RH is up for the Cadillac People's Choice Award. Festival attendees have the opportunity to vote for their favorite film. For more information click HERE


From Variety

Toronto completes lineup
Nicole Kidman, Robert De Niro expected to attend

Toronto -- Nicole Kidman, Robert De Niro, Aamir Khan and Catherine Deneuve are among dozens of stars expected to walk the red carpet in Toronto next month, along with scores of helmers including Robert Redford, Clint Eastwood, Danny Boyle and Kelly Reichardt.

The 35th annual Toronto film festival unveiled its guest list and final batch of 104 pics this morning, as well as the lineup for Mavericks, which screens "An Inconvenient Truth" helmer Davis Guggenheim's latest, "Waiting for 'Superman,' " followed by a panel discussion, whose lineup includes Microsoft founder Bill Gates.

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