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First Look: Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy in Two-Part Love Story 'The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and Her'

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood July 23, 2013 at 1:26PM

With the TIFF special screening announcement of two-part love story "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and Her" comes the first glimpse of the films, starring Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy. It is directed by first-time feature filmmaker Ned Benson.
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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"

With the TIFF special screening announcement of two-part love story "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and Her" comes the first glimpse of the films, starring Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy. It is directed by first-time feature filmmaker Ned Benson.

The two films center on a New York couple as they navigate through tough relationship problems; as indicated by the title, one film is from the perspective of McAvoy's character, and the other from Chastain's. 

Isabelle Huppert, Viola Davis and William Hurt, among others, also star. 

Here's the TIFF program notes:

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and Her is a two-part love story seen through the eyes of a New York couple trying to understand each other as they cope with personal hardship. The different perspectives of “Him” and “Her” result in two films with a unique look into one couple's attempt to reclaim the life and love they once had. Starring Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Nina Arianda, Viola Davis, Bill Hader, Ciarán Hinds, Isabelle Huppert, William Hurt, and Jess Weixler.

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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.