As Mrs. Keith Urban, Oscar-winning actress Nicole Kidman is one of Nashville’s two favorite Aussie imports. Thanks to her scheduled participation on Saturday, January 8 at a screening and Q&A for her latest film, Rabbit Hole, taking place at our city’s oldest and coolest theatre, The Belcourt, Nicole just might edge past her country-singing hubby and take top honors with her current hometown.
Tickets to the event went on sale Wednesday to Belcourt Members and what few were left were snapped up Thursday when ticketing opened up to the general public.
Immediately following SOLD OUT Saturday’s 3pm screening, Nicole, who not only stars but also serves as producer for the film, will take part in a post-screening Q&A lead by Nashville’s own Demetria Kalodimos, longtime WSMV anchor and a filmmaker herself.
Directed by John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Short Bus), Rabbit Hole presents a story of mourning and recovery. Aaron Eckhart stars alongside Kidman, as a married couple unsure of how they should mourn the loss of their young son. Their son’s death affects each of them very differently. Becca (Kidman) lashes out at family members in anger over her son’s death, including her mother, played brilliantly byDianne Wiest. Meanwhile, her husband Howie (Eckhart) overcompensates the loss by attempting to reconnect with those around him, including Gaby (Sandra Oh), whom he meets in group therapy.
As for Becca, her grief takes her on an interesting journey when she befriends the boy responsible for her son’s death. As she starts to reach out to the teenaged driver dealing with the aftermath of his actions, Becca finds herself embroiled in an unexpected relationship that creates an interesting contrast to the troubled marriage of her life at home.
Screenwriter David Lindsay-Abaire adapted his 2006Tony-winning play for the film. Sex and The City’s Cynthia Nixon won the Tony for her role as Becca. When I first heard about Kidman’s film adaptation, I had all but forgotten about its stage origins, but was reminded of 2007′s purely coincidental French doppelganger, Après Lui, in which screen-legend Catherine Deneuve turns in one of her best performances of her lengthy career as a similarly grief-stricken mother who becomes obsessed with the young man who was driving the car the night her son was killed.
To assure you don’t miss out on The Belcourt’s next exclusive event, CLICK HERE to learn more about becoming a Belcourt Member. In case you didn’t get tickets to today’s SOLD OUT screening and Q&A session, might I suggest you watch Deneuve’s Après Lui, then make plans to compare Kidman in Rabbit Hole when it opens for a full theatrical run at The Belcourt beginning Friday, January 14.