Becca and Howie Corbett are a happily married couple whose perfect world is forever changed when their young son, Danny, is killed by a car. Becca, an executive-turned-stay-at-home mother, tries to redefine her existence in a surreal landscape of well-meaning family and friends. Painful, poignant, and often funny, Becca's experiences lead her to find solace in a mysterious relationship with a troubled young comic-book artist, Jason - the teenage driver of the car that killed Danny. Becca's fixation with Jason pulls her away from memories of Danny, while Howie immerses himself in the past, seeking refuge in outsiders who offer him something Becca is unable to give. The Corbetts, both adrift, make surprising and dangerous choices as they choose a path that will determine their fate. Written by
Nicole Kidman didn't see the the original Broadway play when it premiered in 2006, but she read a review and called up a producer from her production company, Blossom Films. The following night he saw the play and afterwards set up a meeting with David Lindsay-Abaire about the film. Kidman later read the script and saw an Australian production. See more »
(at around 1 min) They are going to a birthday party and Nicole is not wearing her seat belt. A few seconds later they almost get into an accident with another vehicle, but Nicole is now wearing her seat belt. See more »
Entertaining, funny and moving film about grief, yes grief
Nicole Kidman back in form with this funny and deeply moving tale about grief. The unusual side of the story is the palpable love between the married couple facing a devastating loss. They may live it in different ways but the love is the anchor and that in itself puts the film in a category all its own. Kidman and Eckhart are superb an so is the supporting cast, specially Dianne Weist, Tammy Blanchard and Miles Teller as the sort of character that we've never seen before on the screen. Not quite like this anyway. Their first meeting - Kidman and Teller - is one of my favorite film moments of the year. Cameron Mitchell, the director leaps into the main stream after "Hedwig" and "Shortbus" keeping an enthralling sense of integrity. Bravo!
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