The imminent release of Dead Calm on Blu-ray as well as some new photos today from John Cameron Mitchell's Rabbit Hole got me thinking about Nicole Kidman who I first noticed, somewhat predictably, in Phillip Noyce's aforementioned high seas thriller and was completely bowled over by. (What can I say, I've always had a thing for redheads.)
After Dead Calm, Kidman went Hollywood (and blonde), married Tom, did a bunch of movies, divorced Tom, won an Oscar (for The Hours) and has amassed an interesting CV of variable quality. There have been some great performances (including To Die For, Birth, Dogville, The Others, Eyes Wide Shut, and Moulin Rouge) and some less than stellar turns. (For the record, I gave up on The Hours after 30 minutes and so can't comment on that particular one, I haven't seen Australia and I wasn't a fan of Cold Mountain.) I interviewed her many years ago in Cannes for To Die For and found her witty and very personable, and thought she was fantastic in that movie.
Rabbit Hole, which is adapted by David Lindsay-Abaire from his Pulitzer Prize winning play, stars Kidman, who also produces, and Aaron Eckhart as a couple coming to terms with the death of their young son.
“It was about grief, which fascinates me,” reveals Kidman of her attraction to the material. “Loss and love seem to be themes that run through my work. [This film is about] a marriage and the way that people fuse through pain, that you can either be pulled apart or you can come together. In the same way that Birth was about loss of the loved one who’s your partner in life, this is the most profound loss, and it’s the worst place to tread. And so my nature tends to be to explore something that I’m terrified of."