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Grief is a river that flows everywhere at once. As tremendously kind and empathetic as it proves to be, the basic premise of “Rabbit Hole” may be off-putting. So let’s describe it initially in these terms: a husband and wife must come to grips with the possible dissolution of their marriage, due to circumstances beyond their control.
Becca (Nicole Kidman) and Howie (Aaron Eckhart) are walking on eggshells. Becca appears so fragile that she’ll break into a million pieces from the merest glance cast in her direction. We see that in the tentative manner that her next-door neighbor approaches her; it’s a quiet morning, and Becca is tending to her garden. The neighbor invites her to a little get-together, speaking softly, in calm, measured tones, as though Becca were an injured animal that might run away at the slightest misspoken word. Becca politely declines the invitation, citing a prior engagement, but she, too, speaks with restraint.