Rabbit Hole picks one of the most upsetting topics a piece of art can tackle- the untimely death of a child. Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart play a couple whose son has died thanks to being hit by a car. They deal with it very separate ways, and ultimately must learn to deal with their pain, rather than get over it.

What is most striking about Rabbit Hole is that it isn't really that sad. This is proper realism, and a full range of emotions are dealt out before its conclusion. There are some very powerful moments, but rather than being draining overall, the film is actually very funny in places. The twists and turns the narrative take are very separate, but come together as whole, and well. Compared to something like the recent Blue Valentine this is a surprisingly easy and bearable watch.

The plot might even be trivial if Kidman and Eckheat weren't so great as a couple falling apart, and they are backed up with a consistently solid supporting cast. Due to this the narrative never gets corny, although the whole comic subplot feels a bit zany for a movie dealing with such serious issues.

Yet it is by no means perfect. Some of the dialogue does feel rather stagey; it is no surprise that screenwriter also wrote the original play. Many scenes are two characters in one location talking to each other, and although it would be unfair to say the direction is poor, it is hardly dynamic. Rabbit Hole does not leave you weeping. It spins a tale that is a little linear, but is saved by excellent acting and a solid plot. That is has been largely ignored at the Oscars (bar a best actress nod for Kidman) is not wholly surprising.