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The Disappearance of Eleanor Righby

The Disappearance of Eleanor Righby
Starring:
Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy


Rated: No rating 
Reviewed by: Jim  
Release date: September 12, 2014 Released by: The Weinstein Company

This newly formed piece of cinema about an unhurried attempt to deal with marital discord has thematic resonance with films like Revolutionary Road and Rabbit Hole.

But, a New York-based"The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, starring Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy (X-Men Days of Future Past) may not have the cathartic emotional resonance even as the vantage point of both of their damaged characters, the titular one, and Connor, are interspersed.

Eleanor and Connor are coping with a tragedy that has Eleanor seeking familial solace and Connor (in the food service industry) internalizing his grief. But, gradually there's an attempt to capture what their life was once like. It's clear that Disappearance may not be the sum of its individual, sometimes intense riveting segments that tries to ensnare the sympathy of the ennui of Eleanor (named by her mother played by Isabelle Huppert after the Beatles tune) and Connor.

Director/writer Ned Benson gives McAvoy and Chastain (two committed, rising performers) a decent framework to espouse their unsettling milieu with a varied populace under the protagonists as filled out by the likes of Viola Davis (a hardened "Identity Theory" instructor), as well as Ciaran Hinds and William Hurt as the spouses' diverse fathers and Bill Hader (in The Skeleton Twins) as a colleague of Connor. The determinism of Benson and his lead thespians may not quite reach their ambitions but its focus often proves effective.

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