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|Originaltitel:||The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 123 min.|
|FSK:||From 6 years|
Eleanor (Jessica Chastain) and Connor (James McAvoy) were once what is commonly called a dream couple. They seemed to be made for each other and their love was strong enough to withstand all the small and big adversities of life together. It was a happy love that broke as quickly as it came into being. For as a tragic event that shakes the couple's harmonious lives, both react completely differently. While Eleanor withdraws more and more into himself, Connor desperately tries to return to normality in his everyday life and also in his relationship. But when Eleanor decides to disappear, the end seems unavoidable for this love story…
"The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby" has a similar starting situation to David Fincher's "Gone Girl", but it's not a gripping relationship thriller, but a quiet marriage drama, which started as a very interesting film experiment. Because director Ned Benson originally told the story in two films from different perspectives. While the first part showed the events from Eleanor's point of view, the perspective in part 2 changed to Connor. The version that will now be shown in our cinemas is a compilation of the two parts. The result is a very well played drama, which has some very intense moments to offer, but on the other hand also seems a bit superficial.
That might be because Eleanor comes from a social class, where you can afford to start studying again in times of personal crisis or simply take a long break abroad. This doesn't make the loss Eleanor suffered any less bad for her. But it is caught in a way that is probably only granted to the fewest who are going through a similarly difficult time. And also Connor is only apparently more in a comprehensible reality, he must fight not only for his marriage and against his grief, but also for the preservation of his restaurant. But even here there is a wealthy dad, whose successful restaurant the Filius can take over if his own business doesn't work out - he just has to overcome his ego and get a little closer to his estranged father.
Thanks to the fact that the two protagonists can fully concentrate on their personal coping with mourning through their privileges, a certain distance is built up to many viewers, which significantly weakens the emotional intensity of the story. Nevertheless: even though for many viewers there might be a lack of a certain reference to reality, the whole thing works very well as a moving drama. This is primarily because James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain succeed very well in making the feelings of their characters seem very authentic. This applies not only to their grief, but also to the great love for one another, which can be seen and felt in flashbacks. And also the supporting actors make sure that the film is acting above all doubt.
That "The disappearance of the Eleanor Rigby" is a good film is beyond question. Yet, it's also a somewhat exhausting, depressing work, whose staging keeps the viewer too far away to achieve the emotional effect for which the potential would have been there. And that's why, despite some very good moments for lovers of quiet American arthouse dramas, the film is only worth seeing with a few exceptions!
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