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The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them (2014)

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

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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. (C) The Weinstein Co

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Cast

Jessica Chastain
as Eleanor Rigby
James McAvoy
as Conor Ludlow
William Hurt
as Julian Rigby
Isabelle Huppert
as Mary Rigby
Jess Weixler
as Katy Rigby
Bill Hader
as Stuart
Viola Davis
as Prof. Friedman
Ciarán Hinds
as Spencer Ludlow
Jeremy Shamos
as Evangelist
Brendan Donaldson
as Casimir Waiter
Daron P. Stewart
as Guy Walking On Bridge
June Miller
as Elderly Woman
Lawrence Cioppa
as Elderly Man
Sasha Eden
as Coffee Truck Barista
Johnathan Fernandez
as Bar Fight Guy
Justine Salata
as Bar Fight Girl
Musto Pelinkovicci
as Ukrainian Cabbie
Rafael Feldman
as Paramedic
Michael King
as Paramedic
Jimmy Palumbo
as Rental Car Attendant
Will Beinbrink
as Gary the Dentist
Ryan Eggold
as Guy from Club
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Critic Reviews for The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them

All Critics (82) | Top Critics (31)

It's a glum, wrenching experience to watch, but the emotional impact is just far too shallow to linger.

September 22, 2016 | Full Review…
The Atlantic
Top Critic

American movies are running perilously low on fresh, youngish talent. Who knows what [director] Benson will do next. I just left his first movie desperate to experience the second one.

October 10, 2014 | Full Review…
Grantland
Top Critic

Chastain delivers a brilliant performance that could earn her another Oscar nomination.

September 19, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
Richard Roeper.com
Top Critic

Worth it for the talent on display, disappointing for what the talent has been given, or not given, to work with.

September 19, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Maturely written, richly characterized, and flawlessly acted.

September 18, 2014 | Full Review…
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A delicate and ephemeral romance.

September 18, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Newsday
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Audience Reviews for The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them

My understanding is that this was originally broken up into "him" and "her" films. I unfortunately only saw the "them" version but this is nonetheless a heartbreaking and very real portrayal of depression and its impact on a relationship which has soured.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

½

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.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

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.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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