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The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her (2013)

Told from the female 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.


Ned Benson


Ned Benson
1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Jessica Chastain ... Eleanor Rigby
James McAvoy ... Conor Ludlow
Nina Arianda ... Alexis
Viola Davis ... Professor Lillian Friedman
Bill Hader ... Stuart
Isabelle Huppert ... Mary Rigby
William Hurt ... Julian Rigby
Jess Weixler ... Katy Rigby
Nikki M. James ... Sia
Jeremy Shamos ... Evangelist
Wyatt Ralff ... Philip
Katherine Waterston ... Charlie
Matthew Scanlon Matthew Scanlon ... Aldie (as Matt Scanlon)
Ryan Eggold ... Guy from Club
Will Beinbrink ... Garry The Dentist


Told from the female 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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


This and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him (2013) premiered in 2013 as two films at the Toronto Film Festival. After the premiere, although it received rave reviews, Ned Benson started cutting the movie again, as a one feature. The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them (2014) premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. All three movies received a theatrical release. See more »


[first lines]
Eleanor Rigby: [suddenly jumps off the bridge]
Guy Walking on Bridge: Hey!
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A tender film about the pain of moving on.
24 December 2014 | by Sergeant_TibbsSee all my reviews

It's always great when festival films can hold onto that excitement even over a year from their premiere. Perhaps that magic comes from the intrigue in The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby's conceit. The content of the film is nothing new, just approached in a special way. A couple drift apart due to an unspeakable tragedy and try to make sense of the world. Sprinkled with introspective insights and anchored by terrific performances, it's truly bolstered through its enigma. Now I decided to watch Her first, arguably the more acclaimed of the pair, at least for Jessica Chastain. Although the director states that the films can be watched in any order, the premiere started with Him and in hindsight perhaps it offers key context that I should've dived into first, but I quite prefer the way I watched it even though the latter suffered.

Knowing that it has a counterpart film gives Her an enigma and the film is enchanting, benefiting from a sparing use of James McAvoy. This is the Chastain show and she's the best I've seen her so far. Sometimes it teeters on being quirky for the sake of quirkiness the way indie movies do, but its subversive way it acknowledges and rejects clichés rings too true and dig deep. Perhaps as a result it is quite clichéd, but the nuanced and heavy hearted texture of the film with the soft autumnal cinematography and use of music makes it a human experience. It's such a melodic, delicate, intimate, introspective, melancholic and ultimately heartbreaking look at the pain of moving on, emotionally and in Eleanor Rigby's case, physically as she finds herself compelled to drift from place to place hoping that she can start fresh but never does. It's very satisfying that the film met high expectations, at least this half of the experiment.


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Release Date:

10 October 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA


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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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