87/100 ~ GREAT. The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and Her is a uniquely told, highly interesting story about a strong relationship facing hardship after a tragic incident. http://nextprojection.com/2013/09/14/tiff-2013-review-disappearance-eleanor-rigby-2013/
Peeking through at Jessica's parents slow-dancing to "Wild Is the Wind" and then Jessica walking at night through the city and making it to her apartment was so soft and unique and really beautiful, even while it was still very Movie. Idk, I haven't seen Her or Him yet but I look forward to it. The struggle between maturity and innocence and, the legitimacy of those terms under grief, was delicately explored.
This is delicate, lonely and absolutely haunting. It has the strength to involve us quite immediately, with a heartfelt evocative european feel to it. The leading actors celebrate the mature screenplay with strong honourable performances by using the iconic NYC as the scenery for one realistic struggle between two people in love and the most original dual character-study told in the last few years.
Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy have great chemistry in this. I loved how it wasn't necessary to give all the details about this tragic event that happened to a happy and in love couple to show grieving, loss and a profound struggle to get back to "some place good". After watching this I don't know if "Her" or "His" versions will bring something new. Beautiful soundtrack.
I don't think I have ever seen love explored in the way this movie does (anyone reading, tell me if there's a similar one). In the wake of a terrible tragedy during a crumbling of a marriage, this movie captures the airlessness, ennui, and indecisiveness that occurs on both sides spot on. Beautiful visuals and great performances (esp. Hurt & Chastain).
UPDATE: Having seen all 3, this is the 2nd best one.