Resurrected Living
"What are you going to do with your new resurrected life? This is the heroic question." Richard Rohr

Rabbit Hole

Rabbit Hole is a movie based on a play by David Lindsay-Abaire.  It is the story of a married couple played by Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart who are struggling to cope after the loss of their young son.  It certainly isn’t a feel good movie, but it is a wonderfully acted portrayal of two people dealing with grief and loss.  While other movies might be tempted to force a happy ending or focus on another aspect of the story, Rabbit Hole is interested in exploring how individuals experience and deal with grief.

The great thing about this movie is it is realistic.  It does not gloss over grief, nor does it seek to provide easy answers for the difficult questions caused by pain and suffering.  At one point in the movie Becca and Howie, the couple who lost their son, are setting in a grief support group listening to another couple tell their story.  After they finish their story of loss they try and put a Christian spin on it by stating that God needed another angel and that is why He took their child.  Becca has heard enough and responds by asking “Why didn’t God just create another angel if that’s what he wanted.  He is God after all.”  This is a wonderful and honest response to some bad theology.  People like Becca who are going through the grieving process can easily see through the nonsense of bad theology.  They will not accept a shallow answer to a deep question.  Rabbit Hole is not shallow at all.  It wants us to wrestle with these deep and meaningful questions.

Rabbit Hole is a great movie for anyone who is a minister, chaplain, or works with grieving individuals.  The two main characters, Becca and Howie, grieve in different ways which is very typical.  Even though they are very close and live under the same roof they experience things in very different ways.  What is helpful to one person may not be helpful to another person.  This movie also explores the relationship between a mother and daughter who have both lost children.  Becca lost her son at a very young age while Nat, played by Diane Weist, lost her son in his thirties to a drug overdose.  In the movie Becca resents how her mother always compares the two deaths.

Rabbit Hole may not be for everyone, but it is a wonderful character study and exploration of feelings which effect us all.  You may not want to spend your Friday night watching a movie like this, but you will be rewarded if you do.  It will help you understand things about yourself as well as others.

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