‘The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby’ Trailer: James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain Fight to Stay in Love
Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy lead the trailer for ‘The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby,’ which is based on an intriguing premise: The film was shot from two different perspectives as two separate films (‘Him’ and ‘Her’) and has no been combined into one film (the ‘Them’ version).
It’s the combined cut that made its debut at Cannes earlier this year, and it’s that version (with perhaps some Weinstein tweaking) that will hit theaters later this year, with limited edition releases scheduled for the ‘Him’ and ‘Her’ cuts. This perspective gimmick was used previously in the 1991 comedy ‘He Said, She Said,’ (which starred Kevin Bacon and Elizabeth McGovern), but that film seems forgotten to history, while the premise is weighty enough that it can support a great movie about how people interpret events differently.
The film was directed by first time feature filmmaker Ned Benson, but when you assemble a cast that includes Chastain, McAvoy, William Hurt, Bill Hader, Viola Davis, Ciarán Hinds and Isabella Huppert, it sounds like the material was great on the page, and the main complaints out of Cannes — where it received almost all positive reviews — was that the two parts might work better if cut together. Perhaps this could be a sneaky Oscar contender.
Here’s the film’s synopsis:
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.