Sarah Shatz
Lindsey Bahr
August 15, 2014 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
119 minutes
Limited Release Date
09/12/14
performer
Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Viola Davis
director
Ned Benson
distributor
The Weinstein Company
genre
Drama

We gave it a B

There are two sides to every relationship. The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby tries to tell one event — the dissolution of a marriage — from the perspective of both enigmatic Eleanor (Jessica Chastain) and her restaurateur hubby, Conor (James McAvoy). It was originally shot as two films subtitled Him and Her, but audiences will first see a combined edit dubbed Them. (The 201-minute Him/Her is out Oct. 10.) ”It was like I played two different characters,” says Chastain, who also produced. ”In Conor’s film I play his perception of Eleanor, and in my film I play Eleanor.” While the two-hour Them stands on its own, she says, ”if you want to go deeper, you have that chance.”

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