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How 'The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby' Is Like Your Friend's Divorce

Jessica Chastain says she played two characters: Eleanor Rigby and the memory of Eleanor Rigby.

With reporting by Josh Horowitz.

Sometimes, to really see a movie, you have to see two movies.

That's the case with the new film "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby," starring Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy. There are three versions of the film in theaters: "Him," which is told from McAvoy's character's point of view, "Her," told from Chastain's character's perspective and "Them," a combination of the two films.

The story of a couple's undoing and how it came about, "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby" is ideally seen with "Him" and "Her" back-to-back. Chastain, in a chat with MTV News prior to the film's release, said that while filming the project, she felt like she played two characters.

"In my film, I play Eleanor Rigby, and in his film, I play his perception of her," she said. "I'm playing an idea, his memory of her, rather than her."

The shift may be subtle, but it's there. To play the flip side of that character, where the words and the actions are the same, but the feeling behind them may come off differently, she said, "You just change your intentions."

Find out how the order in which you watch the films may change whose side you're on, and how "Eleanor Rigby" is like your friend's divorce in the interview clip above.

"The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby" is in theaters now.


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