I wasn’t really sure what to think heading into tonight’s premiere of John Cameron Mitchell’s “Rabbit Hole.” Buzz had been mixed at best, and this was unchartered territory for a filmmaker I very much admire but had no idea what he’d be capable of in these new realms. Based on someone else’s material and with no queer content to speak of, this was clearly not going to be the John Cameron Mitchell I’d known and loved with “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” and “Shortbus.” So I was a bit nervous. But thankfully, it turns out I love this John Cameron Mitchell too. He turns David Lindsay-Abaire’s award-winning play about a couple coping with the death of their son into a tight, focused and quietly haunting film with perfect sprinkles of humor to keep things from going off a deep end. He also brings out strong, naturalistic work from Nicole Kidman (I have not enjoyed her this much in some time), Aaron Eckhart and Dianne Wiest that have enough awards potential for buyers to take what I can only assume will be quick notice.
Here’s a far, far away clip from the film’s introduction: