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      The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby

      2013, Drama/Romance, 2h 3m

      92 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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      Led by strong performances from Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby is a hauntingly original rumination on love and loss. Read critic reviews

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      Following the death of their child, a woman (Jessica Chastain) leaves her husband (James McAvoy) and flees to the suburban home of her wealthy parents.

      Cast & Crew

      Viola Davis
      William Hurt
      Isabelle Huppert
      Jess Weixler
      Ned Benson
      Kirk D'Amico
      Peter Pastorelli
      Brad Coolidge
      Melissa Coolidge
      Jim Casey
      Kim Waltrip
      Kristina Boden
      Son Lux
      Kelly McGeehee
      Sheila Bock
      Stacey Battat

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      • May 28, 2015

        Bereft of their child, a man and woman separate after the woman's attempted suicide. I spent an entire day with The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, so I get the Purple Heart. There are three different versions of the film, Them, Him, and Her, and I watched all three. The conceit is to tell a story from two different perspectives, each comprising its own film, and that's an interesting idea. What is he doing while she's doing that? What's the backstory behind this little anecdote? And if these were interesting and compelling characters, the films may have something worthwhile. But they're not. Conor is all rending, all but gnashing his teeth, and Eleanor is dreamy wandering, but they're forgettable people by and large. William Hurt is wonderful as always. I suspect Hurt's mission in life and art is to make a genuine connection with another human being, and seeing him in action is always an interesting and heart-warming experience. If you decide to journey into this bland story, I encourage you to skip Them altogether because it's Her plus and minus a little bit. You can watch Her and Him in any order, but Them should never have been made. Overall, while there are a couple compelling moments in these films, the characters fail to inspire any real connection with this audience member.

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      • Nov 29, 2014

        A sensitive drama with strong performances but unfortunately a bit longer than it should be, with a lot of unnecessary dialogue (like the final tête-à-tête between father and daughter) and not really able to resist giving in to clichés and becoming a melodrama close to the end.

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      • Sep 24, 2014

        The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby is a well acted exercise by a talented ensemble. There are some nice vignettes particularly involving Jessica Chastain that effectively amplify her grief. But the picture often descends into melodrama without scratching below the surface. It's extremely slow moving too, a melancholy portrait that wallows in depression. There's not much to hold our attention. Even after two hours, there's still a number of things left unanswered. Given the paper thin narrative on display, it's difficult to comprehend that Them is the distilled union of two other films. The Him tale is 89 minutes. The Her version is 100 minutes. Considering the time it took for us to learn what little we did, I cannot even muster up the desire to endure another 189 minutes of this tale. fastfilmreviews.com

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      • Aug 18, 2014

        Ned Benson's Outstanding Feature Film debut is a one of a kind romantic drama that certainly hits all the high notes as part of American Independent cinema. The film focuses on both sides of a relationship; after a tragic event triggers a brief separation; We then see how this plays out among Eleanor and Conor's personal lives. Beautifully written, there's a great sense of raw emotions that brings out a very natural sense of society within its urban american setting. While the supporting characters play their roles exceptionally the film purely belongs the Outstanding leads Chastain and McAvoy bring out some really touching and sensual character development to their performances. Highly Recommended!!! I'm certain this will be a theatrical hit.

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