Initially, writer-director Ned Benson made two films; ‘The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him’, and ‘The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her’. The two-parter told the same story from both partners in a relationship and premiered back-to-back at the Toronto Film Festival. And then Benson re-edited both films into one complete movie subtitled Them, which debuted at Canned Film Festival in May and is said to have received a 10-minute long standing ovation.
The first trailer has been released and shows a happily married couple, Conor (James McAvoy) and Eleanor (Jessica Chastain) who suddenly find themselves strangers. The trailer lures us into a false sense of security as the couple are seen dancing and laughing as they fall in love, until the happiness is sharply stolen when a voiceover explains, “Everyone starts out thinking this is forever. But then things get hard.”
The film then seems to explore their story as they try to amend their life and love together that they once had. We see their story but with slight differences depending on whose point of view we see.
The Weinstein Company will release the combined and complete The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby in the US on September 26th, while the UK are still waiting on a specific date. Once the combined movie has released, there are plans for the individual Him and Her movies to be released to selected art cinemas weeks later.
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby costars Bill Hader, Viola Davis and William Hurt.