“Eleanor Rigby”, the Beatles’ haunting song about missed connections in life is one of my favourite and most frequently played songs from the Fab Four. Then one day, when I wanted to play it, I found that I had somehow deleted it by accident when I was doing some hard drive cleanups. I was able to recover it from my recycle bin though, after about 5 minutes of searching. Luckily for all of us, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby is not a feature film dramatization of that particularly unmemorable turn of events.
Instead, it’s an inventive new romantic drama, written and directed by newcomer Ned Benson, that offers a new view on a classic tale of love lost and found. Actually two views, as Benson filmed the movie twice, showing two different version of events seen from the differing perspectives of the film’s leads, played by the red hot James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain, who apparently turn in career-high work.
Benson cut the film as The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her, which was shown back to back at the Cannes Film Festival in the year, but he has also released an alternative version titled The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them that combines elements of both into one narrative. I’m not quite sure exactly which of the film this new trailer is for, but either way it looks very interesting.
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.
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby is scheduled for release on September 26, 2014.
PS: I will probably spend the rest of the day singing about all the lonely people and wondering where they all come from, and honestly, I fail to see a problem with that.
Last Updated: June 30, 2014