A nice complement to the story of Eleanor is Conor's point of view. He is not coping well with the loss of their baby, but he is putting one foot in front of the other so to speak. Then, Eleanor blindsides him with news that she wants a break. She unexpectedly vanishes and he goes to share his father's apartment for the time being while he figures out his next move. Meanwhile, the restaurant/bar he owns is going under.
I enjoyed more this side of the story than her side. Eleanor's side had to be painstakingly pieced together. It was a nuanced performance by Jessica Chastain but at times the plot seemed sketchy. Conor's story moves along nicely and quickly, providing the missing pieces of the story we already know. Conor's father's perspectives on topics like love, aging, and loss, are refreshing and their dynamics, as well as Conor's complicated relationship with Stuart, his best friend, propel the story forward seamlessly.
I have a soft spot for James McAvoy. His performances of broken hearted lover boys are outstanding, and he plays that role here to a T.
Cast:James McAvoy (Conor Ludlow, Eleanor's husband), Jessica Chastain (Eleanor Rigby), Ciarán Hinds (Spencer Ludlow, Conor's father), Viola Davis (in a cameo as Professor Friedman), Bill Hader (Stuart), Isabelle Huppert (Mary, in a cameo as Eleanor's mother)