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The only way out is through.
Love will get you through

Nicole plays Becca Corbett

Director: John Cameron Mitchell
Writer: David Lindsay-Abaire
Genre: Drama
Box Office:
MPAA Rating:

RABBIT HOLE is a vivid, hopeful, honest and unexpectedly witty portrait of a family searching for what remains possible in the most impossible of all situations. Becca and Howie Corbett (NICOLE KIDMAN and AARON ECKHART) are returning to their everyday existence in the wake of a shocking, sudden loss. Just eight months ago, they were a happy suburban family with everything they wanted. Now, they are caught in a maze of memory, longing, guilt, recrimination, sarcasm and tightly controlled rage from which they cannot escape. While Becca finds pain in the familiar, Howie finds comfort. The shifts come in abrupt, unforeseen moments. Becca hesitantly opens up to her opinionated, loving mother (DIANNE WIEST) and secretly reaches out to the teenager involved in the accident that changed everything (MILES TELLER); while Howie lashes out and imagines solace with another woman (SANDRA OH). Yet, as off track as they are, the couple keeps trying to find their way back to a life that still holds the potential for beauty, laughter and happiness. The resulting journey is an intimate glimpse into two people learning to re-engage with each other and a world that has been tilted off its axis.


Aaron Eckhart ... Howie
Dianne Wiest ... Nat
Miles Teller ... Jason
Tammy Blanchard ... Izzy
Sandra Oh ... Gaby
Jon Tenney ... Rick

International Release Dates

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Australia -


Nicole's Role: Becca

Special: Nicole's Journey as a Producer


- Nicole first came across the play when sitting in a cafe in Nashville and reading a review of it in the New York Times.

Quotes: From Nicole

Aaron Eckhart: "The reason why Im in the movie is Nicole. If she wants to work with somebody, then thats what happens."

Aaron Eckhart: "At times it was (serious on set), at appropriate times. But at other times, because Nicole really kept a good set, (it was a) very friendly, very quiet set which was good. Everybody felt like they could say what they needed to say, joke around. I probably joked around a little bit more that Nicole did, but I felt like that was appropriate, I wouldn't have done it if it wasn't appropriate."

Aaron Eckhart: "I'm an enormous fan of Nicole's and had always wanted to work with her and I have tremendous respect for ability as an actor. Then when she called me up. You know, I don't usually get calls from people like her, and I was honoured and immediately said yes to the project. I felt like we did have a pretty easy relationship and respected each other and admired each other so I think that makes it easier when you're filming such tough material like this."

Nicole Kidman: "Most films are hard if they're beautifully written and they're dealing with a subject matter that isn't easy, that isn't a comedy - devastating. But at the same time I wanted to do it justice for the people that have been through this. I wanted to honor them so I felt if someone can actually go through this, then I can do it as an actress. It's not easy to get a film like this made, or get it screened in Toronto, I just feel very grateful and very emotional."

Nicole Kidman: "(I feel) very exposed, very nervous. It's a whole different ballgame because it's so personal when you're in a film but you're not responsible for the film. I'm responsible for this film so it's a big weight. But I'm glad that we made it."

Nicole Kidman: "(Thinking of my kids) just made me want to give so much and honour the truth of the piece for the parents that have been through this,"

Nicole Kidman: "He had such a different response (in Toronto), it was very emotional and very supportive, whereas the first time he saw it he was a little more removed from it (since it wasn't yet finished)." - on husband Keith Urban's response to the film

Nicole Kidman: "He's such an inspiration, I loved being able to explore this together. He was right there through the whole thing supporting me and I hope I was supporting him and he felt that." - on Aaron Eckhart

Nicole Kidman: "It's the place you most fear to tread, and particularly as a parent, a mother, it's the most terrifying place to go and exist but at the same time it's important too. Life can be very cruel and as beautiful as it can be, there's the other end of the spectrum; it can be so painful. And I was just so grateful to have the chance to play Becca because for me, it was vibrating."

Nicole Kidman: I read the review of the play in the New York Times. As soon as I saw the script, I knew I could do it."

Nicole Kidman: I actually tried to go to a grief group and they said, No, you cant come, because the emotions are too raw, and you cant have someone in the group that hasnt been through exactly the same thing, which I totally respected. And so thats when I just go in. I find it from within.

Nicole Kidman: "It was wonderful and I thought, 'Oh, I'd love to do that'. He saw it. He sent me the play. I read it that night and we approached David and we got lucky because we really wanted him to write the screenplay. Just reading it as a play, it's so beautiful. It's very, very precise and simple and funny and elegant ... It's about how do you live each day? It's not the broad strokes. It's the minute strokes ... How do you live together as a couple, having had the most traumatic loss you'll probably ever had and how do you still walk through each day and each hour?" - on getting her producing partner to see the play, and then starting to get the film made

"I've known Aaron for a long time and he has a side of him which is very raw and emotional, which he doesn't show on screen very often, and I just wanted to give him the chance to."

Quotes: From Cast/Crew

Quotes: Character


Movieline (TIFF review): "What I ended up watching is, quite simply, one of the best films I've ever seen at a festival. I've always contended that there's no such thing as a "flawless" film, but now I'm going to amend that phrase to read "There's no such thing as a perfect film." Because 'Rabbit Hole' is, as far as I can tell, pretty much flawless. As for Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart, their work here (especially together) is quite simply amazing."


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