An exerpt from David Lindsay-Abaire’s Rabbit Hole script has been posted on NYTimes.com. It’s the scene in the ‘Brick’ clip.
Becca (Nicole Kidman) has been numb with grief since Danny, her 4-year-old, was killed by a car. Now, eight months later, her mother, Nat (Dianne Wiest) — whose son, Becca’s brother, died at 30 — is helping Becca to put away, finally, the little boy’s things.
Int. basement — day
Becca and Nat carry the milk crates of Danny’s stuff down to the basement, and put them in the corner with a few other things Becca has put aside.
Becca stands there, taking it in. Danny’s been reduced to a small corner of stuff in the basement. She lets out a breath, then turns to her mother.
BECCA: Does it ever go away?
BECCA: This feeling.
They lock eyes. Nat can see she actually wants an answer. Maybe for the first time ever.
NAT: No. I don’t think it does. Not for me, it hasn’t. And that’s goin’ on 11 years.
It changes, though.
NAt: I don’t know. The weight of it, I guess. At some point it becomes bearable. It turns into something you can crawl out from under, and carry around — like a brick in your pocket. And you forget it every once in a while, but then you reach in for whatever reason and there it is: “Oh, right. That.” Which can be awful. But not all the time. Sometimes it’s kinda … not that you like it exactly, but it’s what you have instead of your son, so you don’t wanna let go of it either. So you carry it around. And it doesn’t go away, which is …
NAT: Fine … actually.
They’re silent for a couple of beats. Becca nods a little. Nat turns and heads up the basement steps.