Rabbit Hole, 3:10 to Yuma, Harry Brown: films on TV today

A searing drama about grief, a proper old-school classic western and Michael Caine as a senior citizen with a helluva grudge

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ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY
Rabbit Hole  ★★★★

11.45pm-1.10am BBC1
 
Under the intuitive, sensitive direction of actor John Cameron Mitchell, the sheer weight of grief – in particular, a parent’s after the death of a child – sits at the centre of this adaptation by David Lindsay-Abaire of his own Pulitzer Prize-winning play. Nicole Kidman pours herself into the role (which won a Tony for Cynthia Nixon on stage) of the bereaved suburban New York mother, with the always watchable Aaron Eckhart as her husband, whose response is more practical than her over-reaction. Their four-year-old son was knocked down by a car outside the front gate of their seemingly perfect family home, and no amount of self-help group therapy can wash the pain away. Both partners deal with it in different ways, although Kidman’s reaction – panic, anger, eventual engagement – is the one that holds your attention. Mitchell frames mundane everyday things to illustrate Kidman’s loss, and Dianne Wiest brings wisdom as her mother. Difficult to watch, of course, but an important, well-modulated and, ultimately, cathartic drama.

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3:10 to Yuma  ★★★★★ 


11.15am-1.10pm More4
It was Christian Bale and Russell Crowe in the remake, but in this low-key but tough-punching original it’s Van Heflin as the farmer and Glenn Ford as the cocky outlaw he’s keeping in custody until the Yuma train pulls in. 


The Living Daylights  ★★★

9.00-11.45pm ITV4
Dalton, Timothy Dalton, takes over from Roger Moore in one of only two outings for him as a tougher, bleaker, relatively gadget-free James Bond, and a seriously under-rated brace it is. 


Harry Brown  ★★★ 


10.05pm-12.10am 5STAR
 
Thriller starring  Michael Caine as an old age punisher who uses his military skills to rid his neighbourhood of violent gangs.


Hitchcock Truffaut  ★★★


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11.10pm-12.50am Film4
 
Kent Jones’s documentary intercuts French director François Truffaut’s interview with Alfred Hitchcock in 1963 with assessments by some big names of toady – Scorsese, Fincher and Linklater reckoning he’s simply the best.      


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