July 24, 2013

First Glimpse of Eleanor Rigby

That is the photo of James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain.  Yes, you read that right.  McAvoy and Chastain.......and they are in a movie together!

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and Her.   That is the name of a unique film by Ned Benson that I've been waiting for since last summer.  It's a romantic drama where James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain play a NY couple dealing with difficult issues in their relationship.  From the press 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."

It has a very unique "point of view" premise that I'm really interested in seeing how it will be presented.  It will be part of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) this Sept 5 - 15, 2013.  And so with TIFF's announcement of included films, the above photo of the movie was released yesterday.  Now, I'm even more excited to see it!  As if the photo isn't enough already to get you enthused for this movie, wait until you learn about the supporting cast!  It includes the wonderful Isabelle Huppert, Viola Davis, Ciaran Hinds, William Hurt, Jess Weixler, Nina Arianda and Bill Hader.  Isn't that just fabulous??!!

In other Chastain news, she was honored last Sunday (July 21) at the Giffoni Film Fest in Italy with the Experience Award.  Part of the celebration was a Q and A with her before the award was presented.  One question she was asked was how she handles fame and the paparazzi and I'd like to point out her anecdote about attending a cooking class in NYC (around 45 secs of the video).  It's a charming story........


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