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Pieces of April (2003)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  28 November 2003 (USA)
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A wayward daughter invites her dying mother and the rest of her estranged family to her apartment for Thanksgiving dinner.

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Timmy Burns
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In a very poor zone of New York, April Burns and her boyfriend, the Afro-American Bobby, are preparing to receive April's family for thanksgiving dinner. While Bobby tries to borrow a suit for himself, April realizes that her stove is broken. She tries desperately to find a neighbor that can let her cook the turkey, since she does not want to fail (again) with her family. Meanwhile, in a suburb of Pennsylvania, her dysfunctional family is preparing to travel to New York. While driving, the relationship between the Burns and their black-sheep April is disclosed through the conversations between her father Jim, her resented mother Joy, her brother, her sister and her grandmother. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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She's the one in every family.

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for language, sensuality, drug content and images of nudity | See all certifications »

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Pieces of April - Ein Tag mit April Burns  »

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$300,000 (estimated)

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$48,422 (USA) (17 October 2003)

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$2,360,184 (USA) (26 December 2003)
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The logo on Bobby's t-shirt is that of the German army (Bundeswehr). See more »

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When Bobby goes out, April is shown with a bandage on her finger long before she actually cuts it. See more »

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Man in Mohair Sweater: You know it's funny; my mother was a mean woman, too. Nasty. There wasn't a nice bone in her body. She smoked non-stop, cheated at cards and she complained every day of her life. And you know what? There's nothing I wouldn't do for a chance to spend more time with her.
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Properties and furniture courtesy of Jack Marcus Brodsky & Family. See more »

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Referenced in Dinner for Five: Episode #2.11 (2003) See more »

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Deck the Halls
Traditional, arrangement by Johnny Sedona
Performed by Johnny Sedona
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New Traditions Meet Old Over the Streets and Up the Stairs
27 November 2003 | by (Queens, NY) – See all my reviews

"Pieces of April" is a wonderful New York component for a trilogy of mordant but ultimately sweet holiday movies, along with the Parisian "La Buche" and the multi-ethnic L. A. "What's Cooking."

I particularly identified with Katie Holmes's character's incompetence at cooking Thanksgiving dinner when the other women in the theater were laughing uproariously at her efforts and I wasn't even sure what she was doing wrong, other than focusing like I would do more on the decorations than the food preparation.

Screenwriter and debut director Peter Hedges filmed in poorly lit digital video on an evidently minuscule budget but with a terrific cast and mise en scenes.

The characters who embark on parallel picaresque odysseys in a quaintly but believably diverse Lower East Side tenement and suburbs to city road trip are refreshingly individual and un-stereotyped in surprising directions, even if the actors may overdo the theatrical flourishes. Sean Hayes especially over-fusses his neighbor bit. Patricia Clarkson is marvelous as a mother with daughter issues and cancer.

There was nary a dry eye in the house at the end.


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