"The existence of The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby is one of the strangest things in recent American cinema." – The Playlist
Conor and Eleanor have always been one of those seemingly perfect couples, until their marriage begins to fail when they lose their infant child. In this half of their story, we follow a depressed Eleanor after a failed suicide attempt, as she retreats to her parents' home in Connecticut in an effort to heal.
First-time writer/director Ned Benson wrote the role of Eleanor specifically for Jessica Chastain after the two met at the Toronto International Film Festival, and she puts in the performance of her career. Years in the making, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby was originally screened at TIFF in the same two parts – Her and Him – that MIFF also screens. Co-starring James McAvoy in equally career-best form, as well as William Hurt and Isabelle Huppert, this is a remarkable cinematic achievement.