Chastain, McAvoy make ‘Eleanor Rigby’ well worth the trip

September 18, 2014 1:42 PM

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You won’t hear that line in “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby” (more on that title in a moment), a highly absorbing if unwieldy film starring Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy as a couple struggling to cope — apart and together — with tragedy.

In fact, you don’t hear any of that famous Beatles song. But it doesn’t matter, because you’ll probably be hearing it in your head. It’s also an apt 12-word summary of the broader life issues the movie addresses. We’re all alone, essentially, no matter how close we grow to others. We’re born alone, ...

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