Ned Benson’s “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby” was a sensation with audiences at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival when it screened as it was intended — as two films (one titled “Him,” the other “Her”) played back to back. “Him” takes on the perspective of the James McAvoy’s character, who’s dealing with a rough breakup, while “Her” centers on that of his ex, played by Jessica Chastain.
The Weinstein Company, who acquired the film out of Toronto, premiered a new version titled “Them” at Cannes this May that cut down the original three-hour running time to a more commercial friendly two-hour one, but sacrificed what made the project so special in the first place. So it was a sad day when The Weinstein Company announced they’d be releasing “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them” on September 12 in select theaters, with no mention of the longer cut.
Well, our prayers have been answered. Today comes news that they will open “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him/Her” on October 10 in select theaters. Which version do you plan on checking out?