The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (2014) – Love from 2 Perspectives

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The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby tells the story of an NYC couple who have hit a speedbump in their relationship. The story tells each person’s side of the relationship.

There will actually be three films made from this. The main one is subtitled, “Them.” and tells both stories, the guy’s and the girl’s. But the director also envisioned two versions of the film, one that would just tells the guy’s side, and one that would tell just the girl’s side. There will be slight variations on how each person views situations that color their perception of the story. It’s actually a pretty cool idea.

Beyond that, the story looks solid and has excellent actors involved. There’s some experience the couple goes through that drives a wedge between them. They each must figure out how to get past this and get back to “A good place.” I’m not sure what the experience is, but it must be something pretty epic.

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby comes from writer/director Ned Benson. Honestly, with the interesting concept of the story, it would have to be written and directed by the same person. Benson has only directed short films up to this point, so this will be a big step up for him, but considering much of the story is essentially individual moments told from two perspectives, short film work will likely benefit him.

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The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby Trailer

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby Release Date

September 26, 2014.

Who’s In It?

James McAvoy
Jessica Chastain
Archie Panjabi
Viola Davis . . . Professor Lillian Friedman 
Ciaran Hinds
Ryan Eggold

What’s Good About It?

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby has an incredible cast, and a very cool idea behind it. I could see it producing some of the finer performances from the leads Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy, and break a few hearts in the process.

What’s Bad About It?

My only concern is that the high concept might not work, and turn boring and repetitive later in the film. I’m hopeful this won’t prove to be the case, but it’s certainly possible.

Our Clever Prediction

I don’t see The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby making a whole ton of money, but it might turn into a cult classic. I’m hoping to take a lady and get laid afterward. Fingers crossed.