The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby
|The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby|
|Directed by||Ned Benson|
|Written by||Ned Benson|
|Music by||Son Lux|
|Edited by||Kristina Boden|
|Distributed by||The Weinstein Company|
|Budget||$3 million (sale price)|
|Box office||$985,007 (all versions)|
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby is the collective title of three films written and directed by Ned Benson. The films star Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy, and is Benson's first feature film project. The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby is broken into three films, Him, Her, and Them. Him and Her were screened at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival as a "work in progress". Them premiered in the Un Certain Regard section of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. Them premiered in the United States on September 12, 2014, while Him and Her will be released together as a double feature on October 10, 2014 in select art house cinemas.
All three films follow the same time period, but are told from the differing perspectives of Connor Ludlow (James McAvoy) and Eleanor Rigby (Jessica Chastain), a young married couple living in New York. Him looks at their relationship from Connor's angle, while Her follows Eleanor's. Connor spends his days working in his restaurant while his wife Eleanor returns to college for further education. During the course of their daily lives, the couple encounters a life changing event that threatens the stability of their marriage.
- Jessica Chastain as Eleanor Rigby
- James McAvoy as Connor Ludlow
- Viola Davis as Professor Lillian Friedman
- William Hurt as Julian Rigby
- Isabelle Huppert as Mary Rigby
- Jess Weixler as Katy Rigby
- Bill Hader as Stuart
- Ciarán Hinds as Spencer Ludlow
- Archie Panjabi
- Katherine Waterston as Charlie
- Nina Arianda as Alexis
In February 2012, Variety announced that Jessica Chastain and Joel Edgerton had been signed to star in The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, with screenwriter Ned Benson set to direct the two films. Edgerton was later replaced with Scottish actor James McAvoy in May 2012. William Hurt was also named to be starring in both films, but in an unspecified role. Filming began in summer of 2012 in New York, with filming lasting about 40 days and wrapping around late August of the same year. Of the film, Myriad executive Kirk D'Amico stated that the films' characters were "complex, and it is unique to have two different scripts to tell the story".
Myriad Pictures initially began pre-selling the rights to the two films at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, with the films being sold in nine territories. After the film's Toronto premiere, The Weinstein Company acquired domestic distribution rights to the film for $3 million.
On June 27, 2014, The Weinstein Company released the first trailer for the film.
The Them version of the film currently has a 63% approval rating from critics on review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes.
Kyle Smith of the New York Post, while commenting on film's gimmicky title and a plotline similar to Nicole Kidman starrer Rabbit Hole (2010), found the film elegant, and "ache and shimmer like a sublime concerto."
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