James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain star in writer/director Ned Benson’s subjective romantic drama The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby. Watch the movie trailer below. Benson crafted two films — titled Him and Her — that told the same love story through the perspectives of once happily married couple Eleanor (Chastain) and Conor (McAvoy). The two films originally premiered last fall at the Toronto Film Festival, but then Benson re-edited them into one single-film version subtitled Them, which debuted at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.
Release Date: September 12, 2014 (NY, LA; Expands: Sept. 19)
Studio: The Weinstein Company
Director: Ned Benson
Screenwriter: Ned Benson
Cast: James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, William Hurt, Viola Davis, Isabelle Huppert, Ciarán Hinds, Bill Hader, Nina Arianda
Running Time: 2 hr. 2 min.
MPAA Rating: R for language.
Official Website: EleanorRigby-Movie.com
With his unique vision, writer/director Ned Benson ambitiously captures a complete picture of a relationship in the beautifully relatable portrait of love, empathy and truth that is “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby.” Once happily married, Conor (McAvoy) and Eleanor (Chastain) suddenly find themselves as strangers longing to understand each other in the wake of tragedy. The film explores the couple’s story as they try to reclaim the life and love they once knew and pick up the pieces of a past that may be too far gone. Screened for the first time at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, Benson’s latest version of their story combines his previous two films — titled “Him” and “Her” — uniting their perspectives and taking a further look into the subjectivity of relationships.