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The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them (2014)

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One 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.

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Ned Benson

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Ned Benson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James McAvoy ... Conor Ludlow
Jessica Chastain ... Eleanor Rigby
Nina Arianda ... Alexis
Viola Davis ... Professor Friedman
Bill Hader ... Stuart
Ciarán Hinds ... Spencer Ludlow
Isabelle Huppert ... Mary Rigby
William Hurt ... Julian Rigby
Jess Weixler ... Katy Rigby
Nikki M. James ... Sia
Jeremy Shamos ... Evangelist
Wyatt Ralff ... Philip
Brendan Donaldson Brendan Donaldson ... Casimir Waiter
Daron Stewart ... Guy Walking on Bridge (as Daron P. Stewart)
June Miller June Miller ... Elderly Woman
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Storyline

Following the death of their only offspring, an infant son named Cody, married New Yorkers Conor Ludlow and Eleanor Rigby - a struggling restaurateur and an academic working on her Ph.D. in Anthropology before Cody arrived in their lives - hit a rough spot in their relationship. Although still loving Conor, El is uncertain if she can bear what Conor represents to her and bear the grief even if Conor is no longer in her life. Following an incident, El decides to disappear from Conor's life, she taking refuge at the suburban home of her parents Julian and Mary Rigby, an academic himself and a musician respectively. Just to keep her mind active and off the thought of Conor or Cody, Julian suggests to El that she return to college and he pulls some strings for El possibly to enter into his colleague Professor Lilian Friedman's class. Despite being a therapist himself, he also tries to get El to see a therapist to deal with her grief. Meanwhile, Conor is facing his own emotional and ... Written by Huggo

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

12 September 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Story of Love See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$66,941, 12 September 2014

Gross USA:

$585,640
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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The movie's name is based on "Eleanor Rigby", a song by the English band The Beatles. See more »

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Spencer Ludlow: A shooting star only lasts a second, but... aren't you glad to at least have seen it?
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Me Without You
Written by 'Lacey Caroline Steinel' and 'Kyle Kelso'
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Ned Benson has woven an Intriguing Exploration of a couple after a tragedy, and it's Great for a debut feature.
4 January 2015 | by akash_sebastianSee all my reviews

The first time we see the couple (the first scene), they are so much in love. The scene is filled with fun, excitement, and such passionate love for each other; we are easily drawn into that magical moment of theirs. The next time we see these people, it's like their lives have taken a right about turn. Something terrible has occurred in their life, we don't know what exactly. The movie as well as the characters try their best to keep away from that topic (people who have read about the movie might know what has happened, I don't want to spoil it for others). Although the path has been tread before, Ned Benson has woven an intriguing exploration of a couple after a tragedy, and it's great for a debut feature.

When something terrible happens in our life, the two things we usually tend to do are: trying our best not to remember it. If we do remember, we try to find a close person around on whom we can shift all the blame and direct all our hatred. The best thing we can do is, accept the situation, and let time take over and do its trick.

The topic has been dealt with time and again, in movies as well as novels. With a little more depth, the characters might have been more intriguing. Nonetheless, I was still interested in their lives, and the beautiful one-on-one scenes in the second half were really engaging and emotional. These characters pour their hearts out, either to let it out (and lessen the burden on their mind) or to make the other person feel better. The one which really stands out is the one in which William Hurt (as Eleanor's father) shares an old traumatizing memory with her, involving her; the monologue transports us to the actual place of the event, and we can see the agony in his eyes.

The acting by the two leads, Chastain and McAvoy, is brilliant; it's the emotional backbone of the film. Their eyes have such sorrow; though we know so less about the situation, we are intrigued by what has happened. The sometimes-fun-sometimes-supportive characters played by actors like William Hurt, Isabelle Hupert (it was amazing to see this French talent as Eleanor's mother in this film), Viola Davis, Bill Hader, Jess Weixler and Ciarán Hinds are interesting; their presence makes the story more appealing. I wish the characters were developed a little more; I don't know if the Him-Her version has more depth or not, I'm yet to see it.

The ending might baffle or annoy some, but to me, it was different and delightful. It conveyed the message it intended to, and the background music by Son Lux was just perfect for it.


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