Watch For: The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby


There is no trailer in existence right now that could excite me more than the one for Richard Linklater’s Boyhood does, but damn if The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby didn’t at least give me pause.

Trailers are supposed to be full of a movie’s best parts–the best scenes, the best best looks, the best kisses. You can make even a terrible movie look semi-watchable for two minutes. What usually really sells it are the best one-liners–the best soundbites–and this trailer is full of them.

Filmed from the perspectives of both lead characters (Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy), The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby  first treats us to a one-liner that reflects that: “There are two sides to every love story.”

And sure. That seems obvious. But Eleanor Rigby looks to be more than a love story; it’s the infinitely more complicated breakup story. And like the breakup stories before it (Blue Valentine, for instance) this movie’s truly moving moments are going to come from the heartbreak.

How do I know that? This trailer made me grab a pen to write down two lines, and the thing about two sides to every love story wasn’t one of them.

“Everyone starts out thinking this is forever. But then things get hard.”

“I need to try some other version of myself.”

That second one, in particular, is what no one is willing to say during a breakup. Sure, Chastain’s titular character throws out the classic, “I can’t do this anymore,” but it is that second line, that haunting undercurrent of human struggle, that hooks you in and hints at the movie’s title.


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