EXPECTATIONS: John Cameron Mitchell was the creator of one of my favourite musicals of all time, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, a film about a punk rocker whose sex operation got botched. Mitchell followed that up with a film about a woman who couldn't get an orgasm, Shortbus. Will Rabbit Hole be a film about Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart having anal sex or something?
REALITY: This is not what I expected from Mitchell at all. The dramatic scenes in his previous two films have been very good, but there's also a lot of humour and sex. Rabbit Hole is almost devoid of both of these.
Kidman and Eckhart play Becca and Howie, a couple who are grieving the loss of their young son. It's very grim, but not overly so. Without giving too much away, there were some moments in this film that made me feel good about life. We see characters work through hard times, and not in a way that ends with sunshine and lollipops but in a realistic way.
Both Eckhart and Kidman are great performers (despite Kidman's crazy alien lip surgery. She would have been a totally hot older woman if she had stayed away from plastic surgery. Why would you ever do that to yourself?) and Rabbit Hole is chance for them both to work with material that I imagine would be difficult. It's also great to see that John Cameron Mitchell has mega talent in directing more than one kind of film.