First Images from PASSION PLAY and RABBIT HOLE; Starring Mickey Rourke, Megan Fox, Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart

     August 18, 2010

Continuing on the journey of first look images, after the jump you can check out the first images from writer-director Mitch Glazer’s Passion Play and director John Cameron Mitchell’s (Shortbus, Hedwig and the Angry Inch) Rabbit HolePassion Play stars Mickey Rourke, Megan Fox, Bill Murray, Kelly Lynch, and Rhys Ifans, while Rabbit Hole stars  Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart, Dianne Wiest, Miles Teller, Tammy Blanchard, and Sandra Oh.

While Mitch Glazer wrote Scrooged, Great Expectations, and The Recruit, this is his first time behind the camera, so fingers crossed he’s made a solid transition.  On the other hand, John Cameron Mitchell has only made two films in the last ten years, so I’m very curious to check out what got him behind the camera again.  I just wish he hadn’t cast Nicole Kidman, as her frozen face has distracted me from enjoying her performances of late.  If this had been the Kidman of ten years ago, maybe I’d have a different opinion.  Anyway, hit the jump for the first images and the synopses:

And if you missed our previous first look images articles, here’s a few links:

Passion Play

When a jazz trumpeter is taken to the desert and a gun held to his head, we are at the beginning of a delightful fable about romance and dreams. When he meets a beautiful woman who works as the Bird Woman in a circus, he falls madly in love and persuades her to run away with him only to find that life is a little more complicated than simply living one’s fantasies.


Programme: Special Presentations
Director: Mitch Glazer
Country: USA
Year: 2010
Language: English
Runtime: 91 minutes
Format: DCP(D-Cinema) Colour
Principle Cast: Mickey Rourke, Megan Fox, Bill Murray, Kelly Lynch, Rhys Ifans
Director: Mitch Glazer
Producer: Daniel Dubiecki, Megan Ellison
Executive Producer: Rebecca Wang
Cinematographer: Christopher Doyle
Editor: Billy Weber
Production Designer: Waldemar Kalinowski

Full Synopsis via TIFF

This strange and lyrical love story blends old-fashioned romanticism with all the fantasy of a fairy tale. It is also a welcome sight to see Mickey Rourke in a role that bores beneath his shambling gruffness to find a tender core. The slow-burning passion that gradually simmers between him and a darkly vulnerable Megan Fox showcases the talents of both actors with finesse. Finally there is Bill Murray, the counterpoint whose role is to act as a cold shower whenever heat blows between the two star-crossed lovers.

Nate (Rourke), a small-time jazz musician, is clearly a hard-luck case. Caught trying to break into a car, he is taken off into the desert where his assailant puts a gun to his head. Game over? Not quite. Stumbling into a circus pitched amidst the vast expanses of the southwest desert, Nate finds himself drawn to the exotic beauty of Lily (Fox), the Bird Woman. Lily is cold and dismissive; socializing with customers is not her scene. But it dawns on her that this gentle giant may well be her way out of a life of eccentric exposition. Nate is protective and understanding, and to him her aquiline beauty is a magic part of her uniqueness. As their bond deepens, Nate finds that his dreams of bliss are about to be thwarted by Happy Shannon (Murray), a cucumber-cool businessman with deep pockets and an eye for the bizarre.

Drawing on the remarkable talents of its high-powered cast, this wonderfully offbeat film is filled with surprises and proves that magic can be found in many places. Mitch Glazer balances the tough-guy moments and the rocky romance with the touch and feel of a high-wire artist. It makes for a spirited and uplifting spectacle with all the spirited colour of the circus.


Rabbit Hole

John Cameron Mitchell

Synopsis via TIFF

A family navigates the deepest form of loss in John Cameron Mitchell’s screen adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize winning play by David Lindsay-Abaire. Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart deliver captivating performances as a husband and wife who fight to save their marriage in the life that begins again after tragedy.

Country: USA

  • Year: 2010
  • Language: English
  • Producer: Leslie Urdang, Dean Vanech, Nicole Kidman, Per Saari, Gigi Pritzker
  • Executive Producer: Dan Revers, William Lischak, Linda McDonough, Brian O’Shea
  • Screenplay: David Lindsay-Abaire, based on his play.
  • Principle Cast: Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart, Dianne Wiest, Miles Teller, Tammy Blanchard, Sandra Oh
  • Director: John Cameron Mitchell
  • Producer: Leslie Urdang, Dean Vanech, Nicole Kidman, Per Saari, Gigi Pritzker
  • Executive Producer: Dan Revers, William Lischak, Linda McDonough, Brian O’Shea
  • Cinematographer: Frank G. DeMarco
  • Editor: Joe Klotz
  • Sound: Ron Bochar, Ben Cheah
  • Production Designer: Kalina Ivanov
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