The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby is about a couple, but it isn’t necessarily a love story: Eleanor (Jessica Chastain) and Conor (James McAvoy) are happily married until a tragic event shakes them and separates them. It’s no Blue Valentine, but it’s no The Notebook either—the movie depicts two people united by marriage and trauma dealing with their grief in very different ways.
That plot alone might not sound entirely intriguing at first glance, but director Ned Benson created three separate films out of the story to create three different experiences. There’s Them, which opens Friday and weaves together both Eleanor’s and Conor’s stories, then Her, a film that focuses in on Eleanor’s perspective, and finally, Him, a movie that zones in on Conor’s experience.
This film is one of many that tell the story of a struggling relationship in an original way—there’s 2004’s sci fi-tinged Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, for example, and 2012’s unsympathetic Take This Waltz. Here’s a list of 10 of those films that stand out from the past 10 years. READ FULL STORY