One article. Two posters. Three miles of blue sky. Four pounds of preemptive critical acclaim.
John Cameron Mitchell’s Rabbit Hole came out of the Toronto Film Festival with some buzz, particularly for Nicole Kidman’s performance opposite co-star Aaron Eckhart as the married couple returns “their everyday existence in the wake of a shocking, sudden loss.” Dianne Wiest, Sandra Oh, and Miles Teller also star.
The Way Back is the latest from Peter Weir (Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World), hence the anticipation from film buffs everywhere. Colin Farrell, Ed Harris, Jim Sturgess, Mark Strong, and Saoirse Ronan star in the true story of a group of prisoners who walked over a thousand miles to escape a Siberian labor camp.
Hit the jump to check out new posters for both films.
If the tire swing has some thematic residence in the film, I suppose this could be an interesting after-the-fact poster. But if it is just a symbol of picturesque suburbia, then… meh. Plus, all films that feature Aaron Eckhart’s angular good looks on screen should feature Aaron Eckhart’s angular good looks on the poster.
The official synopsis:
RABBIT HOLE is a vivid, hopeful, honest and unexpectedly witty portrait of a family searching for what remains possible in the most impossible of all situations. Becca and Howie Corbett (NICOLE KIDMAN and AARON ECKHART) are returning to their everyday existence in the wake of a shocking, sudden loss. Just eight months ago, they were a happy suburban family with everything they wanted. Now, they are caught in a maze of memory, longing, guilt, recrimination, sarcasm and tightly controlled rage from which they cannot escape. While Becca finds pain in the familiar, Howie finds comfort. The shifts come in abrupt, unforeseen moments. Becca hesitantly opens up to her opinionated, loving mother (DIANNE WIEST) and secretly reaches out to the teenager involved in the accident that changed everything (MILES TELLER); while Howie lashes out and imagines solace with another woman (SANDRA OH). Yet, as off track as they are, the couple keeps trying to find their way back to a life that still holds the potential for beauty, laughter and happiness. The resulting journey is an intimate glimpse into two people learning to re-engage with each other and a world that has been tilted off its axis.
This is not the type of movie that usually grabs me, but I can’t wait for The Way Back. I love the triumphant bottom still — that will look great on the big screen.
The synopis for Slavomir Rawicz’s The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom, which serves as the basis of The Way Back:
In 1941, the author and six other fellow prisoners escaped a Soviet labor camp in Yakutsk — a camp where enduring hunger, cold, untended wounds, untreated illnesses, and avoiding daily executions were everyday feats. Their march — over thousands of miles by foot — out of Siberia, through China, the Gobi Desert, Tibet, and over the Himalayas to British India is a remarkable statement about man’s desire to be free.