The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby
The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby Film
There are two sides to every story, and for the lucky ones their endings meet in the same place of happily-ever-after. For the rest of us, there’s the fuzzy in between where one memory can take on different meanings, definitive to one person and forgettable to the other. In The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy play a once married couple facing this predicament, wondering what, besides the passing of time, changed in their relationship? How the characters perceive themselves and how they believe they are seen through the other’s eyes is questioned in this love story that, while unconventional for Hollywood, is, in reality, all too familiar.
How exactly was writer and director Ned Benson able to so convincingly capture the subjectivity of memory? The solution was obvious: tell both stories. Originally created as two films titled Him and Her, the relationship – and its downfall – between Eleanor (Chastain) and Conor (McAvoy), is played out from each character’s perspective. After receiving rave reviews last fall at the Toronto Independent Film Festival, Benson combined the two films into one cut, giving it the official title of The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them. The result: an honest, relatable, and of course heart-wrenching love story told from both a male and female perspective. If the 10-minute standing ovation Them received at Cannes this year is any indication of the success the film will see once released on September 26, nods should be expected come award season. A product of The Weinstein Company, the film will be re-released on October 10 as its two original counterparts as part of the campaign on the road to the Oscars.
No great on-screen love story is complete without a signature love ballad. Backed by spine-chilling vocals and a bridge that drops with your heartbeat, Jacquelyn’s highly anticipated single “The Lucky One” tells a story verse-by-verse about what it means to struggle through a relationship – the euphoric highs and the cold lonely lows – and why, in the end, the fight is worth it. Now on iTunes, audiences can download “The Lucky One,” and become part of the experience that critics are calling “groundbreaking cinema” and “one of the most romantic love stories ever.
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