Main Plot Points:
- 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.
What We Thought:
- The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby is a love story without clichés and has a stunning performance from Jessica Chastain.
- Most romantic dramas don’t do much for me, but I rather enjoyed this. It felt honest and genuine to me. You understood why these people would be together and why they would fall apart. They were very believable characters in a very believable situation.
- Early on you see and feel their connection. They run from a restaurant and you can almost see their love. You have two great actors giving great performances and you feel for them.
- As the film progresses you learn about something that happened and why they start to drift. Usually a film is one sided, either her story or his story, but this being the combination of both, it works. At no point do you feel like the other is the bad guy in the situation, you just understand where both are coming from. People handle loss differently and you see that here.
- If I wasn’t already madly in love with Jessica Chastain I would be after this. The beautiful redhead shines with a wide range of emotions. You see her giddy and in love early on, at loss and confused in the middle and still finding herself at the end. She has some great scenes opposite McAvoy of course, but also opposite Viola Davis. There’s a reason she’s one of the best actresses going today. Jess, call me!
- The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby is a good film for people who don’t like lovey dovey, sappy love stories. It’s a love story at its core, but a believable one with great performances. The leads are great and the supporting cast is equally impressive. And seriously, when did Bill Hader learn to act? He’s great in this as well.
Notable Cast & Crew:
- Jessica Chastain
- James McAvoy
- Bill Hader
- Viola Davis
Recommended if You Like:
- Amour Fou
- Bird People
- Jessica Chastain
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