A Million Little Pieces

A Million Little Pieces

Sam Taylor-Wood (2018)

15 Certificate


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Reuniting for the first time since 2009's Nowhere Boy, Sam Taylor-Johnson directs her husband Aaron in this drama about a troubled addict forced into a six-week addiction programme. Based on the memoir by James Frey, the film shows the agony of recovery through a variety of inventive means, from an almost choreographed depiction of hitting rock bottom to a nightmarish scene involving dentistry. However, while we are well aware that Aaron Taylor-Johnson's protagonist is out of control, we see little of the person he is beneath the madness. There are some great supporting performances from Billy Bob Thornton as a fellow patient and Juliette Lewis as a psychiatrist, but the story itself is achingly predictable and content to go through the motions. A Million Little Pieces is an artistic and visually pleasing portrayal of the recovery process, but what it fails to do is tell the story of the man going through it.

Cast & Crew

James Frey Aaron Johnson
Leonard Billy Bob Thornton
Lilly Odessa Young
John Giovanni Ribisi
Joanne Juliette Lewis
Lincoln Dash Mihok
Hank Ryan Hurst
Roy David Dastmalchian
Bob Frey Jr Charlie Hunnam
Dr Stevens Andy Buckley
Director Sam Taylor-Wood
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Entertainment OneReleased on: 30 Aug 2019