Film: The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby

There are two sides to every love story

The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby a set of three different movies written and directed by Ned Benson, each telling the story of a young couple and how they found and lost love. The cast includes Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Viola Davis, Isabelle Huppert, Ciarán Hinds, Bill Hader, and William Hurt.

The films are subtitled Him, Her, and Them, with the former two telling the story from the differing perspective of the man and the woman, while the latter alternates the two POVs. Him and Her premiered to unanimous acclaim at the Toronto International Film Festival, while Them was created later, following the films' acquisition by The Weinstein Company, and premiered to equal acclaim at the Cannes film festival. All three films will be released in the United States on September 26, 2014, with Them receiving a mainstream release while Him and Her will play in arthouse theatres. A trailer can be seen here.

Tropes Associated With The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby Include:

  • Ambiguous Ending: The Movie ends with Connor walking alone in the Park and Eleanor slowly follows him. Itīs unclear if she is catching up on him. In HER however She manages to catch up on him, calls him and he turns arround but itīs still unclear if the two will overcome their problems.
  • Black Best Friend: Lillian, to Eleanor.
  • Boy Meets Girl: Conor and Eleanor meet at college.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: The titles and credits for each film are different colors. Him is blue, Her is reddish orange, and Them is purple.
  • Driven to Suicide: Eleanorattempts Suicide by jumping from a bridge. The cause and the aftermath of it, is what drives the story of HER.
  • Emotion Suppression: Connors way of dealing with his sons death
  • Expository Hairstyle Change /Important Haircut: After her Suicide attempt Eleanor decides to cut her hair short and start wearing make-up as a sign to leave her old life with her husband behind and starting a new one.
  • Infant Immortality: Averted, even though we never actually see the kid.
  • Perspective Flip: Him to Her, and vice versa.
  • "Rashomon"-Style: Them is constructed this way, with scenes alternating from the memories of both Conor and Eleanor.
    • Him and Her have shades of this trope as well in regards to the scenes where Connor and Eleanor are onscreen together. While both films use the same scenes, they differ slightly in regards to who does what and who says what.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: It's clear that Eleanor and Connor both love each other, but the memory of their son's death keeps them apart.
  • Shout-Out: The title character received her name from a song by The Beatles.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Connor uses a lot of F-Bombs to emphasize his arguments
  • There Are No Therapists: Played straight with Conor; Eleanor's father tries to get her to see one but she refuses.
  • Tragedy: The death of Eleanor and Connor's 2 month old son serves as the impetus for the whole plot.
  • Two-Part Trilogy: Originally intended as such, but later averted by the creation of Them.
  • What Might Have Been:
    • Joel Edgerton was the first actor cast as the male lead, but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts.
    • Eva Green auditioned for the role of Eleanor.
    • Eleanor was originally written as a small, enigmatic role. It wasn't until after Jessica Chastain (whom Ned Benson specifically wrote the part for) read the script and asked to know more about the character's background that Benson got the idea to craft a whole new movie from her perspective.
  • Fake American: James McAvoy and Ciaran Hinds(who play Father and Son in this movie)
  • Your Cheating Heart: Conor with Alexis, although at that point he and Eleanor are separated. Eleanor is totally fine with it.