After two films that explored his and her reactions to family trauma, part three of this trilogy shows a couple (McAvoy and Chastain) dealing with an event that’s pushed them radically apart. Having set up trauma as irrevocably damaging, Benson has little choice but to stay ambivalent, but does well to conceptualise a couple as two people joined at the hip both by past pleasure and pain – and a present in which all this must find a place of its own.
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them | Directed by Ned Benson (USA 2014) with James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain. Starts November 27.
Originally published in issue #133, December 2014.