The trailer for “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby,” one of the gems of last year’s festival circuit, has finally premiered, giving the general public a preview of what is sure to be a talking point as we move into awards season.
The film by writer-director Ned Benson aims to do something entirely new with an on-screen relationship. Depending on how you look at it, “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby” can be either described as one movie or two because it tells the story of a couple (Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy) from two perspectives, “Him” and “Her.” Each point of view was its own movie when the pair debuted back-to-back at the Toronto International Film Festival.
After it was a hit with the crowd at TIFF, the Weinstein Company scooped up the rights and began planning a release strategy with a very likely awards campaign for both leads.
But what to do about that run time?
At TIFF, “Him” clocked in at 89 minutes, with “Her” coming in at 100. When “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby” opens wide in September, it will be one film, called “Them,” which is a hair under two hours.
That’s some Harvey Weinstein math for you.
If you live near a good art house theater, it’s possible that you’ll be able to take in “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby” in its original two-film format in the fall, after the combined cut opens on September 26.