Ã¢â¬ÅRabbit Hole,Ã¢â¬Â starring Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart, is an adaptation of David Lindsay-AbaireÃ¢â¬â¢s Pulitzer prize-winning drama about a fraying family.
The story traces the life of a happily married couple that is disrupted by an unexpected tragedy and the emotional journey they must undertake to regain happiness.
Kidman plays a suburban mother dealing with the loss of a child. Eckhart will play KidmanÃ¢â¬â¢s husband, who is trying to hold on to the memory of his dead son while dealing with his emotionally removed wife.
With a budget of less than $10 million, a brisk 28-day shoot Ã¢â¬ÅRabbit HoleÃ¢â¬Â is more like an indie than a Hollywood production.
Ã¢â¬ÅThis is a passion project for Nicole,Ã¢â¬Â Eckhart said, Ã¢â¬ÅThe reason why IÃ¢â¬â¢m in the movie is Nicole. If she wants to work with somebody, then thatÃ¢â¬â¢s what happens.Ã¢â¬Â
Ã¢â¬ÅWhen I first responded to it, it was because I read it, and it was about grief, which fascinates me,Ã¢â¬Â Kidman said. Ã¢â¬ÅLoss and love seem to be themes that run through my work.Ã¢â¬Â
This film is about Ã¢â¬Åa marriage and the way that people fuse through pain, that you can either be pulled apart or you can come together. In the same way that Ã¢â¬ËBirth,Ã¢â¬â¢ a film that I did, was about loss of the loved one whoÃ¢â¬â¢s your partner in life, this is the most profound loss, and itÃ¢â¬â¢s the worst place to tread. And so my nature tends to be to explore something that IÃ¢â¬â¢m terrified of.Ã¢â¬Â [source: NYTimes.com]
The movie is directed by John Cameron Mitchell from the script which Lindsay-Abaire adapted from his own stage play. Sam Raimi was actually attached to direct, but dropped out to do Ã¢â¬ÅSpider-Man 4.Ã¢â¬Â
Ã¢â¬ÅRabbit HoleÃ¢â¬Â also stars Dianne Wiest, Tammy Blanchard, Sandra Oh, Giancarlo Esposito and Jon Tenney.