Monday, September 15, 2014

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby

Writer/Director Ned Benson’s The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby has an all-star cast, including Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Isabelle Huppert, William Hurt, Viola Davis, Bill Hader, Ciarán Hinds and Jess Weixler…all of whom deliver fabulous performances.

It’s a slow-paced, mostly sad story that works because it is extremely real.  You are, soon, forgiving of the pace as you come to realize that life moves slowly, especially when one is confronted by events being experienced by the two principals played by Chastain and McAvoy.

They are a couple, who has lost their infant son and go their separate ways in an attempt to deal with it.  However, neither of their ways is in any way successful.

To tell you any more would be a disservice to the film.  Just know it is intense, deeply moving and, ultimately, very loving.   

I give The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby a 4 out of 5, but Jessica Chastain gets a 4+.

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