With the gender-bending Hedwig and the Angry Inch
and the sexually upfront Shortbus
, director John Cameron Mitchell proved he was thrillingly unafraid of being explicit. But his third feature, an adaptation of David Lindsay-Abaire's play Rabbit Hole
, finds him embracing subtlety without sacrificing his taste for the melodramatic.
The movie stars Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart as Becca and Howie, a couple grieving the death of their young son months after a traffic accident took his life. They are each floundering in their own way -- Becca has mostly cut herself off from people, while Howie ends most days watching videos of their son on...