The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby | Chicago Reader

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby

Rated R 122 minutes 2014

No one really knows what happens inside a marriage except the spouses—and sometimes not even they do, because even the closest couples keep secrets from one another. Novelist Evan S. Connell came closer than most to a rounded portrait when he wrote the classic Mrs. Bridge (1959) and Mr. Bridge (1969), whose stories sometimes overlapped but whose perspectives were strictly limited; following his lead, writer-director Ned Benson made his feature debut in 2013 with two versions of The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, one subtitled Her and the other Him. I haven't seen either of those movies, but this combination of the two, subtitled Them, is so maturely written, richly characterized, and flawlessly acted that I can't wait until they're made available. Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy star as a New England couple who have separated in the wake of a family tragedy; the fine supporting cast includes William Hurt, Isabelle Huppert, Ciarán Hinds, Viola Davis, Bill Hader, and Jess Weixler.

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Director: Ned Benson

Producer: Cassandra Kulukundis, Ned Benson, Jessica Chastain, Todd Labarowski, Emanuel Michael, Kirk D'Amico, Peter Pastorelli, Brad Coolidge, Melissa Coolidge, Jim Casey and Kim Waltrip

Cast: Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Viola Davis, William Hurt and Isabelle Huppert

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