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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.

Director:

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jessica Chastain first met Ned Benson at a festival screening of Four Lean Hounds (2003). She asked if she could work with him, later leading to her starring in his short The Westerner (2010) and the Eleanor Rigby films. See more »

Quotes

Conor Ludlow: [after kissing] Alexis?
Alexis: Yes?
Conor Ludlow: Tomorrow's gonna be awkward.
Alexis: Probably.
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The Lucky One
Written by Tomas Costanza, Jacquelyn Willard, Ashley Levy, Nikki Thompson, Mike London
Performed by Jacquelyn Willard
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An Interesting Concept and Perspective On A Relationship
25 June 2015 | by ethanmiddSee all my reviews

One thing that I do like about this film is that when this movie does show scenes where the characters are in love with each other, it's very well done. At least the performances are. When these two are in a scene together, you can get a good vibe of what they're feeling. It could be them in love, depressed, scared, or anything that involves emotion. This movie does focus on the emotion of James McAvoy.

It's not just the emotion however. You do know very well that McAvoy is still in love, he cares, and the movie does focus on that, but it also focuses on his work job. That may not seem like it is interesting, but it does add a bit more to what McAvoy's character is dealing with, because it's not going completely well with his work space either.

The title of the movie is a good one. It seems like it came from a novel you would find somebody reading at a coffee store, but it is an original title and film. This movie does a decent job on it. Chastain isn't in this movie that much, you are curious where she is when she's not involved in the story. When she does show up, you question what her motivation is to why we're seeing her, and part of the fun is that we have to see the other film to see her motivations and other stuff.

My few complaints about this film is that the concept of this story does seem interesting, however it isn't a very compelling story. Like I said, part of it is because we don't know what Chastain's character is thinking, but nothing really grabs you unless it's a scene with McAvoy and Chastain together.

Which leads me to a specific scene involved with them. Now I'm not going to spoil it because spoilers are no fun. We really don't know what the real reason is why these two split up and when the movie does reveal why, it gives a bigger impact on how the characters reacted when they're together, which to me, makes those scenes a tiny bit more enjoyable.

Also without spoiling anything about the ending, it was very abrupt. I'm pretty sure there is more to it when you see the Her film, but that ending really seemed unnecessary.

The concept of the story is being told is interesting. But when it only focuses on James McAvoy's character, the movie isn't the most entertaining and compelling thing. Yet it when McAvoy and Chastain share the screen, it gets interesting because you can feel their emotions and those scenes with them are well done and compelling, especially one scene that is a big part of the story. The ending may make more sense if both films are scene, but Him is a decent movie that might be even more enjoyable once Her is watched.


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