Video: Filmmaker Creates Experimental 'Him' And 'Her', Harvey Weinstein Distributes A More Traditional 'Them'
The trailer for The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby, starring Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy, looks like your standard Weinstein joint: a prestige-y romantic drama complete with a roundup of marquee supporting cast members (William Hurt, Isabelle Huppert, Bill Hader). The interesting twist, though, is that it's a pared down edit of two movies. Subitlted Him and Her, each film portrays the relationship and it's downfall from the vantage of McAvoy and Chastain's characters. The edit that portrays both sides has been subtitled Them.
First-time director Ned Benson has seemed to imply that a unified movie was his goal all along, telling Deadline, "At Toronto, it was this hanging question that lingered." Although Weinstein has a history of demanding (and getting edits) in films he acquires, Benson claims he was never pressured into making a more digestible version for general audiences. Suuuuuuuuuuuuuure.
"Harvey never set foot in the [editing] room," says Benson.
Both Him and Her premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last year to generally positive reviews, especially for Her and Chastain's performance. At this year's Cannes festival Them premiered on the Un Certain Regard slate and less glowing but still positive reviews.
The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby: Them will be getting a wide release on September 26, with Him and Her getting limited releases later in the Fall.