Review: Pieces Of A Woman

PIECES OF A WOMAN (2020)

Vanessa Kirby delivers a gripping, tragic performance in a film that puts a face on grief and the tension that arises after a devastating loss. Pieces of a Woman is one of the very best films of the year.

When a home birth takes a catastrophic turn, Martha (Kirby) must navigate tremendous heartache and sorrow as relationships with her husband (Shia LaBeouf) and mother (Ellen Burstyn) are thrown into turmoil. Akin to the impact of Marriage Story’s authenticity and searing display of emotional strife, Pieces of a Woman is a film that you cannot turn away from. Martha’s development through the film is simply stunning work from Kirby, who has never been better. LaBeouf is also delivering his best here, character conflicts aside from his personal woes. Then there is Burstyn, an unlikable character yet an expertly played role for the acting all-star. 

Hungarian director Kornél Mundruczó, with his directorial English-language debut, draws attention to a reality often absent from cinema; the first 30-minutes of the film is especially impactful. It is in the simplicity of the script that the complicated emotions and experiences of the characters flourish, brought to life by breathtaking performances. Kirby has certainly cemented herself as frontrunner for Best Actress, with Pieces of a Woman destined to be viewed as a monumental achievement and encapsulation of human experience.

Pieces of a Woman hits limited theaters on December 30th, 2020 before debuting on Netflix January 7th, 2020.

Rating: 5/5

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