This is a recut version of two earlier Eleanor Rigby films, Her and Him, with some added material. All three films examine the relationship of once happily married Eleanor (Jessica Chastain) and Conor (James McAvoy) as they find separate ways to recover from a devastating event.
I haven’t seen the other films, but the nature of that tragedy is only gradually revealed in this one, and the trickle of information and omissions will make it either intriguing or frustrating, depending on your mood.
After a dramatic start where Eleanor tries to kill herself (no, that’s not the tragedy), the tone becomes more contemplative as she returns to her family home to recover; there’s surprisingly little in the way of breast-beating histrionics and general grimness. These are witty, likeable, real (albeit wealthy and somewhat self-involved) characters trying to negotiate the emotional chasm rather than pushing each other in.
Altogether, the story may have a few too many gaps, but the result is refreshingly upbeat. 8/10
Released on March 12, 2015, with Him and Her available from that date on Dendy Direct (www.dendydirect.com.au) and iTunes.