Jeff and I saw “Rabbit Hole” this past weekend. Since Ben’s death we have only been able to watch dark comedies, but I was immensely curious as an actor, writer and bereaved parent if someone could write a play/screenplay that accurately portrays the intense grief associated with the death of a child, especially when they (David Lindsay-Abaire) had not experienced it themselves.
The answer to that question is: yes. Or at least Mr. Lindsay-Abaire can.
While not an uplifting or fun movie for a Friday night date – if you want to know what life is like inside the walls/home/marriage of a family who has lost a child, I highly recommend it. Mr. Lindsay-Abaire brilliantly captured the nuances, insanity, intenseness, differences, humor and complete isolation that this experience brings. Though our own personalities and struggles were not represented exactly in the characters of Becca and Howie, I understood everything that was on the screen intimately.
There is so much more I could say. But you’ll have to see it for yourselves the next time you are up for a well acted, horrible story of survival. I will not give away the ending, but simply say that I thought it was perfect. The final moment/scene will be etched in my brain for a long time.
*There is a fantastic excerpt from the play posted in the New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/02/movies/awardsseason/02rabbit.html
It won’t open without an account, but if you google “NYT, Rabbit Hole” you can read it. Thanks Becky!*