It’s a unique and ambitious endeavor, one that took almost a decade to get off the ground and that began before Jessica Chastain became a star. First-time director Ned Benson wanted to make a relationship movie from the perspectives of both a male and female character – though in fact it began as one screenplay, and when Chastain said it didn’t really represent her viewpoint, the filmmaker hit a eureka moment and expanded on his story. The rest is history. And also, what was originally two films (both premiered last year at TIFF) — “The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby: Him” and ‘The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby: Her” — was eventually cut into a third film entitled “The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby: Them” (which screened at Cannes this past spring, though when it hits theaters, the ‘Them’ will likely get dropped from the title).
To clarify, ‘Them’ is the condensed version that opens on September 12th, and today, The Weinstein Company announced that “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him/Her” (yes, a slight title retweak) will be screened in its entirety (which is a little over three hours) and released in select theaters on October 10th. The film co-stars James McAvoy and has largely received rave reviews.
What are the real differences between the films? Well, here’s our original reviews of ‘Him’ and ‘Her’ from TIFF last year and a compare and contrast review of ‘Them’ by the same writer. Meanwhile, there are new photos along with ‘His’ and ‘Hers’ posters below.