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Pieces of a Woman

  • Drama
  • 2020
  • Kornél Mundruczó
  • 122 mins
  • 15

Summary

When a young mother's home birth ends in unfathomable tragedy, she begins a year-long odyssey of mourning that fractures relationships with loved ones in this deeply personal story of a woman learning to live alongside her loss.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

A Boston couple lose their baby during a home birth in this heartbreaking and powerfully performed drama. Vanessa Kirby gives a robust and unflinching performance as the middle-class mum-to-be, who along with her construction worker husband (Shia LaBeouf) is left reeling from the tragedy. Tensions flare up further after Kirby's domineering mother (Ellen Burstyn) pressures her into taking legal action against the midwife involved in the botched delivery, and cracks in the couple's relationship are soon revealed under the weight of their shared grief. Hungarian director Kornél Mundruczó's English-language debut vibrates with emotional tension from the visceral opening scenes thanks to its formidable acting ensemble, while his use of long, continuous takes helps draw you into the drama.

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Credits

Cast

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MarthaVanessa Kirby
SeanShia LaBeouf
ElizabethEllen Burstyn
AnitaIliza Shlesinger
ChrisBenny Safdie
SuzanneSarah Snook
EvaMolly Parker
PhotographerSteven McCarthy

Crew

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DirectorKornél Mundruczó

Details

Theatrical distributor
Netflix
Released on
2021-01-07
Languages
English
Formats
Colour
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