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The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him (2013)

Told from the male perspective, the story of a couple trying 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

Writer:

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 Lillian Friedman
Bill Hader ... Stuart
Ciarán Hinds ... Spencer Ludlow
Isabelle Huppert ... Mary Rigby
Nikki M. James ... Sia
Jeremy Shamos ... Evangelist
Marta Milans ... Phoebe
Christian Coulson ... Dine & Ditch Guy
Isabelle McNally ... Dine & Ditch Girl
Brendan Donaldson Brendan Donaldson ... Casimir Waiter
Musto Pelinkovicci ... Ukrainian Cabbie
Johnathan Fernandez ... Bar Fight Guy
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Storyline

A woman and man seemingly so in love finds their marriage is shaken to the core when life throws them a devastating curve. Now this New York couple must try to understand each other as they cope with loss and attempt to reclaim the life and love they once had. Written by Cannes Film Festival

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 October 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dois Lados do Amor: Ele See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$109,144
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Ned Benson wrote the part of Eleanor Rigby specifically for Jessica Chastain. See more »

Quotes

Stuart: We are young. Heartache to heartache. We stand. No promises, no demands. Love is a battlefield. Pat Benatar lyric.
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The Lucky One
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McAvoy did choose to be something and everything in every scene, the only common thing would be his moving performance.
12 September 2019 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews

The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby

Ned Benson, the writer and director, sings a love song of two stanzas in this trilogy. A love story told from the perspective of both the partners, the film is properly balanced. Going through the script Benson's most of the time is spent upon just doing that. Balancing it. And as much effortful it would be, it is equally easy on the screen. And that is his biggest achievement and probably compliment too. The film looks easy. It flows smoothly. The supporting characters makes sense, the conversations necessary and the circumstances falls into place naturally. And maybe that's why the individual chapters speaks more to you. The complex nature of the other side is thrown right at your face which you aren't expecting, especially in a film like such, of a genre like such.

The film divided itself visually in two colours. These colors represent the nature of the characters that steers the film. For instance the blue shade that James McAvoy carries is the suppressed emotional background that never makes him decide anything. And if it does, it is not his favourite position to be at. He can't choose. Jessica Chastain is quite opposite on that note. Her sunny shaded colour signifies the active nature of hers on that relationship, where her good or bad deeds and self-appointed position of choosing things; deliberately or accidentally, lights the fire.

Him

James McAvoy as a definitive, boundary lined, wanna-be-something is a difficult character to portray. Most importantly because I know a person like him and the vulnerability that he has captured is something that I connect with instantly. And adding more to the troubles, he is then, in the film, told to select what kind of a person he wishes to be, that part of this three part story is my favourite.


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