CATEGORIES Features, Oscars, Awards

We're breaking down all the Oscar contenders for you, so that you can decide whether you want to see them -- or at the very least, hold your own at cocktail parties. Next up: 'Rabbit Hole,' a touching drama about a couple suffering from a tragic loss.

Nominated For: Best Actress (Nicole Kidman)

What It's About: 'Rabbit Hole' surrounds a once-happy couple, Becca (Kidman) and Howie Corbett (Aaron Eckhart), dealing with the sudden death of their young son. Unable to see eye-to-eye on how to cope with the grief, they turn to others for support, which drives a wedge in between them.

Why You Should See It: The fact is, with a subject matter concerning the death of a child and the devastation it imposes on a family, chances are you won't be walking out of 'Rabbit Hole' feeling happy. But you also won't want to go sit in a dark room and cry, either. That's because the film, unlike many of its kind, manages to inspire hope, as opposed to melancholy. A fine script, along with Kidman's remarkable performance, doesn't hurt, either. Not since her acclaimed turn as Virginia Woolf in the award-winning film 'The Hours' has Kidman's work been so deserving of praise. She's simply perfect as Becca Corbett, a heartbroken mother driven to emotional seclusion by her own inability to handle a loss. Some might even wonder from where Kidman conjured the emotional strength for such a role. Whatever it was, it inspired something spectacular and utterly convincing.

It's Kind Of Like: 'Ordinary People' meets 'In the Bedroom'

How You Can See It: In theaters now