Saturday, 5 July 2014

First trailer for The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby arrives online

The Weinstein Company have just released their first trailer for Ned Benson's The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby.

Originally shown at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival as a two-part work in progress, Ned Benson's admirably ambitious directorial debut, The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby, saw its "Him" and "Her" cuts reworked into this single feature length "Them" version at this years Cannes Film Festival.

The result remains an unusually delicate American drama, as Eleanor (Jessica Chastain) and Conor (James McAvoy) struggle to reassemble their lives in the wake of tragedy.

Following her suicide attempt Eleanor moves back in with her family (William Hurt's quietly compassionate father, Isabelle Huppert's wine swilling mother and Jess Weixler's concerned sister) and decides to audit some local college courses taught by a hardheaded professor (Viola Davis). Despite their years together, she cuts off all communication with struggling restaurateur Conor, who leans on his father (Ciarán Hinds) and friends (Bill Hader) for support.

It isn't long before we glean what it was exactly that has driven a wedge between these two, with Benson sparing us the traditional hysterics of grief, allowing Chastain and McAvoy's well tuned performances to keep us engaged

With Ryan Eggold (Lucky Them) and Archie Panjabi (A Good Year) rounding out the cast, The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby hits US cinemas on 26 September, but has yet to receive a UK release date.

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