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James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain are in the Rashomon of romance movies

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The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, starring Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy, is actually three movies. Director Ned Benson had the ambitious idea to tell a love story from the man's point of view (a short film he called Him), the woman's point of view (Her) and incorporating both (Them).  Think of it as the Rashomon of romance movies.

Chastain and McAvoy play a couple whose marriage is unraveling, and the story revolves around explaining how they got to that point.

The Them version hits theaters on September 26. The Him and Her versions were screened at the Toronto Film Festival in 2013 and will be released around a month after.

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