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Rabbits (2002)

| Short, Drama, Fantasy
In a nameless city deluged by continuous rain, three rabbits live with a fearful mystery.

Director:

David Lynch

Writer:

David Lynch
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Cast

Credited cast:
Scott Coffey ... Jack
Rebekah Del Rio ... Jane
Laura Harring ... Jane (as Laura Elena Harring)
Naomi Watts ... Suzie
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A story of a group of humanoid rabbits and their depressive, daily life. The plot includes Jane ironing, Suzie sitting on a couch, Jack walking in and out of the apartment, and the occasional solo singing number by Suzie or Jane. At one point the rabbits also make contact with their "leader". A really Lynch-esque series of episodes. Written by The Man

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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Color:

Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Clips from Rabbits was used in David Lynch's feature film Inland Empire (2006). See more »

Quotes

Jack: I hear someone.
Suzie: I heard it too.
Jane: I could hear it also.
Suzie: It must be the rain.
Jack: It is the rain.
Jane: I do not think it is the rain.
Jack: Quiet!
Suzie: It was the voice of a man.
Jack: It was a man in a green suit.
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Perfect Lynch stuff in small bursts but stretched beyond its capacity with the 45 minute running time
28 April 2008 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Everyone who has seen David Lynch's Inland Empire will be familiar with the rabbits of this short film (screened in some places broken down into episodes). Personally I struggled to work out if Inland Empire was brilliant or rubbish and ultimately I concluded that it was both but that it was worth seeing because of what an unnerving and unusual experience it was. The rabbit snippets are all part of it as they meant very little to be but yet managed to actually make me feel uncomfortable and uneasy while watching them. As a result I decided to check out the full Rabbits film.

In an interviewer about Lynch's website project, someone did describe Rabbits as one for the hard-core Lynch fans and this description is bang on the money because it does deliver everything that he does well while also failing (or rather, not trying) to deliver in other, usual areas. Where the snippets hit home for me is in their sheer menacing stiffness. "Normal" things such as the apartment and the idea of a sitcom are all presented in a twisted and perverted way that Lynch viewers will be used to. Just like in Twin Peaks (where backwards characters talk in a red velvet room) the movement is strange, the lighting is eerie, the dialogue is confusing and the whole thing is delivered under a brooding score that suggests an impending destruction or evil.

In this regard the film is quite brilliant and it is very disturbing to watch it in a dark room n a quiet night. But this is also the problem with the film because there is nothing more to it and ultimately the novelty value of it wears off long before the 45 minute mark. After a while I did want more but the film just continued to deliver what it had done at the very start. Die-hard fans of Lynch will love it and take pleasure in trying to pick the meaning out of it but for me it was more a matter of hanging on until the conclusion. It is a shame because in small sections Rabbits is really well done and fascinating. Lynch's creativity is powerful and works across the board – many have neglected to mention the physical actors in the film (not the famous voices) but their work is important, with a stillness and deliberate movements being key in the delivery.

Overall then a very strong film for those that love Lynch's creepy work but it is hard to ignore the fact that the running time is too long to sustain the long pauses and very slow pace. As a result it never works as well as it does in its limited use within Inland Empire. Fans should still watch it for what it does well but for the majority of viewers the running time will be far too long and boredom may take away from the uneasy and creepy delivery.


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