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Which Version of 'Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby' Will We See This Fall?

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! May 7, 2014 at 3:37PM

When it premiered at Toronto last Fall, writer/director Ned Benson's "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby," like monogrammed towels, appeared in two version: "Him," and "Her." So what version will we see this Fall?
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James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain in "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and Her"
James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain in "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and Her"

When it premiered at Toronto last Fall, writer/director Ned Benson's "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby," like monogrammed towels, appeared in two version: "Him," and "Her." Starring James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain, this three-hour-plus drama about the disintegration of a relationship could be seen from either perspective, respectively. 

Once we knew that a new, two-hour cut -- now officially dubbed "Them" -- would be hitting la Croisette on May 17 in Cannes' Un Certain Regard, the real question became: what version will The Weinstein Company, who bought the film for some three million dollars at TIFF, unveil in theaters this Fall?

The answer, folks, is all three.

The Weinsteins have strategically slated the film for a September 26, 2014 release, with virtually no festival play between Toronto '13 and Cannes '14. According to Deadline, TWC plans to release all three cuts ("Him," "Her," "Them") of Benson's debut feature, which was originally Black Listed, in the Fall -- with "Them" being the piece-de-resistance and "Him" and "Her" to follow in limited arthouse play. Quite an unusual release schedule.

The choose-your-own-adventure experience -- or, rather, choose-your-own-relationship-disaster -- is rounded out by a dreamy cast including William Hurt, Viola Davis, Isabelle Huppert, Ciaran Hinds and Jess Weixler. We'll catch it in Cannes this month.

Read our interview with Chastain and Benson here.


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.