'The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby' Editor Talks Making Three Films from One Story

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Editor Kristina Boden talks to Indiewire about the unique challenge of cutting The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, which will actually be presented in theaters as three separate films: Her, which tells the story from the point of view of Eleanor (Jessica Chastain); Him, which tells the story from the point of view of Conor (James McAvoy); and Them which combines both into a single film.

Says Boden, "For an editor, it was such a great thing, because in most films you're traveling within a time frame where, after a dramatic event, you can only follow one character. This was an opportunity to see what happens with the other character after that event. You have this one journey that can go in two different directions. It isn't about the truth—it's about how they each experience it."

"Him ended up being a shorter movie by maybe 5 or 10 minutes and Conor's energy dictated that," she continues. "Eleanor is a more interior person, more contemplative and really shut down. Her is a slow burn and that created a totally different editing rhythm, as well as a different look. It was shot with a different color palette and Jessica's performance is very different when Eleanor is the main character then when she's Conor's projection of her. As an editor, you don't impose the rhythm [on a film] as much as you discover the rhythm."

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