The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them
One 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.
Plot Keywords: lecture / class / reference-to-rene-descartes / note / passing-a-note
Certificate: Canada:PG (British Columbia) | Germany:6 | Netherlands:9 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG13 | South Korea:15 | Switzerland:12 | United States:R
Cast: James McAvoy , Jessica Chastain , Nina Arianda , Viola Davis , Bill Hader , Ciarán Hinds , Isabelle Huppert , William Hurt , Jess Weixler , Nikki M. James , Jeremy Shamos , Wyatt Ralff , Brendan Donaldson , Daron Stewart , June Miller , Lawrence Cioppa , Julee Cerda , Sasha Eden , Johnathan Fernandez , Justine Salata , Musto Pelinkovicci , Rafael Feldman , Michael T. King , Jimmy Palumbo , Will Beinbrink , Ryan Eggold , Marta Milans , Frédéric André , Bryon Krueger , Maxfield Lund
Company: Unison Films
Country: United States
Released Date: 12 Sep 2014 (USA)
Film Location: New York City, New York, USA
Runtime: 123 min
Soundmix: Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
ReganRebecca » The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby was originally intended as a movie to be focused on a man's perspective as his wife disappeared out of his life. When writer-director Ned Benson brought star Jessica Chastain on, she asked him about Eleanor's perspective and he was so enraptured with this question that he wrote an entire version of the movie dedicated to her view point of the marriage. The two films were shot simultaneously, but times and audiences being what they are, the distributor cut a third version of the film so that audiences could experience the whole thing in one go.
As someone who has seen all three versions of the films (his, her and them) I can tell you this is a mistake. The best way to experience the film is by watching some combination of the Him & Her versions (pick your poison, watching either one first has its benefits and drawbacks, although "Him" does start earlier in the timeline than "Her").
The problem with Them is that it reveals that Rigby is actually a very simplistic movie. It's the story of married couple Connor Ludlow (James McAvoy) and Eleanor Rigby (Jessica Chastain) whose marriage has suffered a devastating blow. Rigby tries to kill herself and when she is unsuccessful she leaves her husband and the two begin separate journeys of discovery. The joy in the Him & Her versions is seeing the different ways the two people experience the same event. Rigby and Ludlow both disappear from each other's narratives for long periods of time posing questions about certain events, questions that get answered when you watch whichever of the two movies you choose to watch first. There's also a handful of scenes that are the same in both stories but the tone and information conveyed is different, showing how people can interpret things differently. All the joy of this is wiped out of the Them version in which everything plays chronologically and we don't get multiple versions of the same scenes.
It's an okay movie, but it will leave you wondering what the fuss is all about.
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