When it premiered at Toronto last Fall, writer/director Ned Benson’s “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby,” like monogrammed towels, appeared in two version: “Him,” and “Her.” Starring James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain, this three-hour-plus drama about the disintegration of a relationship could be seen from either perspective, respectively.
Once we knew that a new, two-hour cut — now officially dubbed “Them” — would be hitting la Croisette on May 17 in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard, the real question became: what version will The Weinstein Company, who bought the film for some three million dollars at TIFF, unveil in theaters this Fall?
The answer, folks, is all three.
The Weinsteins have strategically slated the film for a September 26, 2014 release, with virtually no festival play between Toronto ’13 and Cannes ’14. According to Deadline, TWC plans to release all three cuts (“Him,” “Her,” “Them”) of Benson’s debut feature, which was originally Black Listed, in the Fall — with “Them” being the piece-de-resistance and “Him” and “Her” to follow in limited arthouse play. Quite an unusual release schedule.
The choose-your-own-adventure experience — or, rather, choose-your-own-relationship-disaster — is rounded out by a dreamy cast including William Hurt, Viola Davis, Isabelle Huppert, Ciaran Hinds and Jess Weixler. We’ll catch it in Cannes this month.
Read our interview with Chastain and Benson here.