The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby

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The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby
"The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby" teaser poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Ned Benson
Produced by
  • Cassandra Kulukundis
  • Ned Benson
  • Jessica Chastain
  • Todd J. Labarowski
  • Emanuel Michael
Written by Ned Benson
Music by Son Lux
Cinematography Christopher Blauvelt
Edited by Kristina Boden
Distributed by The Weinstein Company[2]
Release dates
  • September 9, 2013 (2013-09-09) (TIFF)
  • October 10, 2014 (2014-10-10) (United States)
  • May 17, 2014 (2014-05-17) (Cannes)
  • September 12, 2014 (2014-09-12) (United States)
Running time
  • 89 minutes (Him)
  • 100 minutes (Her)
  • 119 minutes (Them)
Country United States
Language English
Budget $3 million (sale price)[3]
Box office $985,007 (all versions)[4]

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby[5] is the collective title of three films written and directed by Ned Benson.[6][7] The films star Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy, and is Benson's first feature film project.[8]

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".[9] Them premiered in the Un Certain Regard section of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.[5] Them premiered in the United States on September 12, 2014, while Him and Her was released together as a double feature on October 10, 2014 in select art house cinemas.[6][10]


All three films follow the same time period, but are told from the differing perspectives of Conor Ludlow (James McAvoy) and Eleanor Rigby (Jessica Chastain), a young married couple living in New York. Him looks at their relationship from Conor's angle, while Her follows Eleanor's. Conor spends his days working in his restaurant while his wife Eleanor returns to college for further education.[11] During the course of their daily lives, the couple encounters a life changing event that threatens the stability of their marriage.[12]

Eleanor's parents named her after the Beatles song "Eleanor Rigby", as they met waiting for a rumored Beatles concert in New York that never materialized. [13]


Connor Ludlow meets Elanor Rigby for the first time, and quickly falls for her. Connor asks her on a date, resulting in the couple running from the restaurant, due to the higher bills.

Years later, The couple got married, and have a son. But their son later died, due to an illness, which prompts Rigby to commit suicide, by drowning herself in the water, however she was saved by a Lifeguard, resulting in her being in a hospital.

After hearing the news, Connor runs to the hospital to pick up Rigby, but he found Rigby had left after being picked up by her parents.

During the course of their daily lives, the couple encounters a life changing event that threatens the stability of their marriage. Resulting Rigby to leave Connor. Connor search for her through the entire city of New York, but unable to found her. Connor the successfully found Rigby in her campus.

Rigby left the campus, which prompet Connor to chase her, but this however fails, since their son's death. Connor angrily leaves Rigby alone, but Rigby chases him, after Connor got hit by cab-driver.

Sometimes after continuing on their daily lives, Rigby visit Connor in his own bar. The couple begin to circling around the city, to found "Someplace good" that Rigby mentions. The two begin to have sex, but Connor interruputed Rigby, that he was having an affair, Rigby however ignore this. Connor was disappointed that Rigby does not wanted to repair their relationship.

Connor then visit his fathers bar, asking him for a loan, but his father refuse, instead wanted Connor to take-over his restaurant. Connor was hesitate by the offer, but his father tell him to "take your time".

When clearing their own apartment, Rigby found Connor falls asleep, unexpectedly wake him. She apologize to Connor for "Disappearing". She also ask what her son look like when he died. Connor replies that he was "very much like you". She then ask Connor if they will found "someplace good". The two begin to have sex. In the next morning, Rigby left Connor, without saying goodbye.

Some moments later, Rigby decided to take a vacation in Paris. Before departing, her father tells her that she was nearly drowned, when she was young, and glad that she was "okay", when she landed in his feet. Rigby departed to Paris until next summer.

Years later, Connor successfully taking over his father restaurant. While walking on the park Rigby was also walking in the park, unotice to found Connor was also there. In Him, Connor looks behind to find Rigby was behind her. While in Her, Rigby found Connor, and call his name, wondering if it's really him. In Them, The two walks off without noticing each other.



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.[14] Edgerton was later replaced with Scottish actor James McAvoy in May 2012.[15] William Hurt was also named to be starring in both films, but in an unspecified role.[16]



Filming began in summer of 2012 in New York,[17] with filming lasting about 40 days and wrapping around late August of the same year.[8] 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".[16]


Myriad Pictures initially began pre-selling the rights to the two films at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival,[18] with the films being sold in nine territories.[8] After the film's Toronto premiere, The Weinstein Company acquired domestic distribution rights to the film for $3 million.[19]


On June 27, 2014, The Weinstein Company released the first trailer for the film.[20]


Critical response[edit]

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby was met with generally positive reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 62%, based on 77 reviews, with an average rating of 6.5/10. The site's consensus reads: "Led by strong performances from Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby is a hauntingly original rumination on love and loss."[21]

Kyle Smith of the New York Post, while commenting on the film's gimmicky title and plot similarities to the 2010's drama film Rabbit Hole, found the film elegant and wrote that Benson makes it "ache and shimmer like a sublime concerto."[22]


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  10. ^ Ford, Rebecca (May 2, 2014). "Imitation Game, Tim Burton's Big Eyes Get Release Dates". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 13, 2014. 
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  12. ^ "Myriad Teams James McAvoy And Jessica Chastain In Disappearance Double Feature". Retrieved January 27, 2013. 
  13. ^ DVD soundtrack.
  14. ^ McNary, Dave (February 2, 2012). "Chastain, Edgerton join Myriad films". Variety (PMC). Retrieved January 27, 2013. 
  15. ^ Kay, Jeremy (May 22, 2013). "James McAvoy in for Joel Edgerton on Myriad's Eleanor Rigby". Screen International (Emap International Limited). Retrieved December 21, 2013. 
  16. ^ a b "Jessica Chastain & Joel Edgerton to Lead Two Eleanor Rigby Films". First Showing. Retrieved January 27, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby Wants to Film at Your Place". The Local East Village. Retrieved January 27, 2013. 
  18. ^ "James McAvoy Joins Jessica Chastain in Myriad Pictures' Eleanor Rigby Films". The Wrap. Retrieved January 27, 2013. 
  19. ^ McNary, Dave (September 11, 2013). "Toronto: Weinstein Acquires The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby". Variety (PMC). Retrieved December 20, 2013. 
  20. ^ Murphy, Niall (June 27, 2014). "First trailer for Ned Benson's The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby". Retrieved June 27, 2014. 
  21. ^ "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (2014)". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixter. Retrieved March 29, 2015. 
  22. ^ Smith, Kyle. "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby is elegant and sorrowful". New York Post. Retrieved September 13, 2014. 

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