Nicole Kidman stars in this gripping film about loss and grieving. Playing to all her strengths, Oscar-nominated Kidman is at her best as a mother whose child has been killed by a teenage driver (Miles Teller).
Glacial and emotional at the same time, she’s shocked, stunned and frozen by grief. Aaron Eckhart is just as good as her nice husband, who wants to carry on as normal while keeping any memento of their child, even as Kidman wants to hide everything away.
Dianne Wiest is also marvellous as Kidman’s damaged mother, who’s lost a child of her own, and Teller shares magic scenes with Kidman as she at first stalks him and then strikes up a weird friendship with him.
Surprisingly, neither sentimental nor tearful, this incisive film is a very fine piece of work indeed with an exquisitely judged script adapted by David Lindsay-Abaire from his original, Pulitzer Prize-winning play.