Pieces of a Woman Review – Vanessa Kirby, Shia LaBeouf, and Ellen Burstyn team up in the melancholy drama.

Piece of woman

Vanessa Kirby, Shia LaBeouf, and Ellen Burstyn team up in the melancholy drama.

An unimaginable loss takes place on screen in the drama’s soulful roller coaster, which makes for a commendable effort to capture earthquakes such as the births and deaths of children alongside their families. Tough and romantic dynamics The acclaimed Hungarian director Kornél Mundruczó (White god) And his co-writer, Kata Wéber, made his English debut with a film based on their play starring Vanessa Kirby, Shia LaBeouf and Ellen Burstyn.

Kirby (best known as Princess Margaret in the 2016/17 season of Crown) Won Best Actress at Venice 2020 for her shocking performance as the deceased mother Martha, while Burstyn also had a heroic moment, playing Eli. Set in Boston, Martha’s mother, Sabeth, the film begins with a dramatic birth scene in many ways, albeit noticeably shortened. But the main ingredient of this human experience was hardly recreated with anything similar to the original, so it was outstanding.

The sequences were filmed as fluidly in one go, with fine work from LaBeouf as Martha’s slightly baffled blue-collar boyfriend Sean, whom her family disagreed with, and Molly Parker. Always impressive as a midwife who attends last-minute home births is a rather ruinous opening by Kirby’s portrayal of unbelievable labor that can be distracting.

The scene ends in a breathless grief, where it brings a chill to the rest of the film, with grief, reproach, and the challenge of finding your way through an exploration in its investigation. Sparkling fashion In the ensuing sequence, Kirby made a lot of sense, communicating her pain with distant, invisible eyes, as Martha began to behave in a way that those around him struggled to understand.

If anything is in conflict, at least it’s touchable, there is grandeur and grief in Howard Shore’s score, and the time it takes to deal with the taboo is a round of applause. Piece of woman Note that there is no normal way to respond when faced with a tragedy. Some catharsis is understandable. But the ending felt a bit of a smack for a movie that at least had the guts. But compassion is beautiful and there is truth here too.

Available in theaters from Wed. 30 Dec onwards Netflix From Thu. 7 Jan.

Piece of woman



  • 3 stars
  • 2020
  • US / Canada
  • 2 hrs 8 mins
  • Directed by: Kornél Mundruczó
  • The performer: Vanessa Kirby, Shia LaBeouf, Molly Parker, Sarah Snook, Iliza Shlesinger, Benny Safdie, Jimmie Fails, Ellen Burstyn.

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