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The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby

No one really knows what happens inside a marriage except the spouses—and sometimes not even they do, because even the closest couples keep secrets from one another. Novelist Evan S. Connell came closer than most to a rounded portrait when he wrote the classic Mrs. Bridge (1959) and Mr. Bridge (1969), whose stories sometimes overlapped but whose perspectives were strictly limited; following his lead, writer-director Ned Benson made his feature debut in 2013 with two versions of The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, one subtitled Her and the other Him. I haven't seen either of those movies, but this combination of the two, subtitled Them, is so maturely written, richly characterized, and flawlessly acted that I can't wait until they're made available. Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy star as a New England couple who have separated in the wake of a family tragedy; the fine supporting cast includes William Hurt, Isabelle Huppert, Ciarán Hinds, Viola Davis, Bill Hader, and Jess Weixler.



  • Ned Benson


  • Jessica Chastain
  • James McAvoy
  • Viola Davis
  • William Hurt
  • Isabelle Huppert


  • Cassandra Kulukundis
  • Ned Benson
  • Jessica Chastain
  • Todd Labarowski
  • Emanuel Michael
  • Kirk D'Amico
  • Peter Pastorelli
  • Brad Coolidge
  • Melissa Coolidge
  • Jim Casey
  • Kim Waltrip

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