The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: A Hauntingly Intimate Portrayal of Love and Loss

There are three sides to every story and Ned Benson tells them all in his masterful romantic drama The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby. It’s an intimate look at a relationship scarred by tragedy and features captivatingly raw performances by Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy. Brace yourself for heartache!

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (2014): Directed by Ned Benson; starring Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty), James McAvoy (X-Men), Viola Davis (HTGAWM), Bill Hader (Trainwreck), Isabelle Huppert (Elle), William Hurt, Ciarán Hinds.

What’s it about? A relationship scarred by tragedy and the couple’s subsequent attempt to find their way back to each other while dealing with the loss in their own way.

What’s it really about? Just because two people stop being together, doesn’t mean they stop loving each other.

Pick if:

  • You’re looking for a hopelessly romantic love story to watch: The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby is as raw and real as they come, which is why it is best watched on your own
  • You’re ready to see heartbreakingly performances from Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy: this film will get under your skin and stay with your for a while
  • You enjoy quiet films about loss and tragedy: Eleanor Rigby is the kind of film that  motions for you to come closer so it can whisper wisdoms in your ear
  • You like experimental electronic soundtracks. The songs used in this film are absolute gems, chiefly Son Lux’s “No fate awaits me”, which is used in the trailer
  • You’re interested in unusual cinematic experiences: in order to highlight how Eleanor and Connor deal with their tragedy individually, writer and director Ned Benson made three different cuts of the film, subtitled “Them”, “Him” and “Her”. The  version that was shown in cinemas was “Them”. Benson’s decision also serves to demonstrate that  people generally experience and remember the same situation differently

Most memorable quote:

Eleanor: “We’ll never get to where we were”
Connor: “Where was that?”
Eleanor: “Someplace good”

Most memorable scene: Connor follows Eleanor into the classroom, takes a seat a few rows behind her and passes a note to her.

Where can I watch? The Disappearance of Elenor Rigby – Them is available for streaming on Netflix and Amazon. If you want to see the other cuts, you’re gonna have to order them on dvd.


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