Director: John Cameron Mitchell
Cast: Nicole Kidman, Dianne Wiest, Aaron Eckhart, Tammy Blanchard
Nicole Kidman triumphs in this harrowing, though often funny, story of death, grief, mourning and a couple, previously apparently blissfully contented, coming apart.
She produces the full range of emotions in a film marked by several quite excellent supporting performances, not least that from Wiest as her mother.
Becca (Kidman) and Howie (Eckhart) seem to live the perfect life until their four-year-old son Danny is killed by a car. How they face the tragedy – the resulting domestic depression, the unhelpful therapy, the friends who never know quite what to say – lies at the heart of what is a thoughtfully observed story.
But why does Becca enter into a curious relationship with Jason, the young driver of the car?
Twists and turns abound, emotions are explored … and a powerful film emerges.
Star Rating: 4/5