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The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them (2014)

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One couple's story as they try 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
2 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
James McAvoy ... Conor Ludlow
Jessica Chastain ... Eleanor Rigby
Nina Arianda ... Alexis
Viola Davis ... Professor Friedman
Bill Hader ... Stuart
Ciarán Hinds ... Spencer Ludlow
Isabelle Huppert ... Mary Rigby
William Hurt ... Julian Rigby
Jess Weixler ... Katy Rigby
Nikki M. James ... Sia
Jeremy Shamos ... Evangelist
Wyatt Ralff ... Philip
Brendan Donaldson Brendan Donaldson ... Casimir Waiter
Daron Stewart ... Guy Walking on Bridge (as Daron P. Stewart)
June Miller June Miller ... Elderly Woman


One couple's story as they try 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 »

Parents Guide:

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Release Date:

12 September 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Story of Love See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA


Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$66,941, 12 September 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$585,640, 31 October 2014
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jessica Chastain said about filming love scenes with her co-star James McAvoy: "I actually had trouble keeping a straight face! He is very funny". See more »


Eleanor Rigby: Wanna do something stupid?
Katy Rigby: Yeah, I'm the queen of doing something stupid. What are you thinking?
Eleanor Rigby: Get bent, take a train to the city, save the world.
Katy Rigby: When did you become an idealist?
Eleanor Rigby: A couple seconds ago.
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References A Man and a Woman (1966) See more »


Race to Erase
Written by 'Son Lux'
Performed by 'Son Lux' featuring 'Faux Fix'
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A middling compromise
20 March 2017 | by ReganRebeccaSee all my reviews

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby was originally intended as a movie to be focused on a man's perspective as his wife disappeared out of his life. When writer-director Ned Benson brought star Jessica Chastain on, she asked him about Eleanor's perspective and he was so enraptured with this question that he wrote an entire version of the movie dedicated to her view point of the marriage. The two films were shot simultaneously, but times and audiences being what they are, the distributor cut a third version of the film so that audiences could experience the whole thing in one go.

As someone who has seen all three versions of the films (his, her and them) I can tell you this is a mistake. The best way to experience the film is by watching some combination of the Him & Her versions (pick your poison, watching either one first has its benefits and drawbacks, although "Him" does start earlier in the timeline than "Her").

The problem with Them is that it reveals that Rigby is actually a very simplistic movie. It's the story of married couple Connor Ludlow (James McAvoy) and Eleanor Rigby (Jessica Chastain) whose marriage has suffered a devastating blow. Rigby tries to kill herself and when she is unsuccessful she leaves her husband and the two begin separate journeys of discovery. The joy in the Him & Her versions is seeing the different ways the two people experience the same event. Rigby and Ludlow both disappear from each other's narratives for long periods of time posing questions about certain events, questions that get answered when you watch whichever of the two movies you choose to watch first. There's also a handful of scenes that are the same in both stories but the tone and information conveyed is different, showing how people can interpret things differently. All the joy of this is wiped out of the Them version in which everything plays chronologically and we don't get multiple versions of the same scenes.

It's an okay movie, but it will leave you wondering what the fuss is all about.

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