John Cameron Mitchell absolutely knocks it out of the park with this remarkable work about coping with loss. Under the veneer of explicit sexuality and brash weirdness, it was nonetheless clear from the remarkable SHORT BUS that this was a director finely attuned to both fine performance and heart.

This is a story about not knowing how to mourn, not knowing how to embrace the new normal because of how truly awful that normal has become. Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart as grieving parents find themselves going through various stages of anger and fear, their emotions so raw that it’s at times unsettling. Still, despite these shattering moments of explosive confrontations, Mitchell manages to thread that delicate balance. We never feel voyeuristic, nor do the performances ever succumb to being over the top.

This a top notch drama done with impeccable precision, proving unequivocally that Mitchell talent transcends those elements that kept many away from his other works. Kidman hasn’t been this great in years, this might be her most compelling turn since EYES WIDE SHUT. Eckhart again shows him to be equal to the task, with his own powerful and subtly shaded take on the role great to watch.

RABBIT HOLE is a wrenching experience, but it’s told with such care and confidence that it deserves a wide audience, and with any justice deserves plenty of attention at awards time.