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Pieces of April (2003)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 28 November 2003 (USA)
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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Grandma Dottie
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Half Asleep Man
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Eugene
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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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28 November 2003 (USA)  »

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Pieces of April - Ein Tag mit April Burns  »

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Budget:

$300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$48,422 (USA) (19 October 2003)

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$2,528,664 (USA)
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One of the inspirations for the movie came from a story Peter Hedges had heard about a group of young adults who had "borrowed" an apartment so they could celebrate their first Thanksgiving in Manhattan together. The oven in the apartment did not work so they had to go door to door in the building, trying to find an oven in which to cook their turkey. See more »

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At the end of the film, when the snapshots are shown of April and her mother hugging, April is wearing a pink sweater. In the very next shot of Joy's face April is not wearing the sweater. See more »

Quotes

Tish: There's something I need you to know.
April Burns: Okay.
Tish: I never eat anything that has a face.
April Burns: Oh, don't worry, you won't be eating it, I'll just be using your oven.
Tish: Yes, but for me, to know that there was once a living, breathing soul...
April Burns: I'm a vegetarian, I understand.
Tish: Yes, but I'm a vegan. And even the smell of flesh cooking... I don't think I can help you.
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Special thanks to ... The Cata Family, ... Elan, Scott, Ira and all the tenants of 176 Suffolk Street. See more »

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Referenced in Dan in Real Life (2007) See more »

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I Think I Need a New Heart
(1999)
Written by Stephin Merritt
Performed by The Magnetic Fields
Courtesy of Merge Records
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Very Delightful Thanksgiving Tale
18 May 2005 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In a very poor zone of New York, April Burns (Katie Holmes) and her boyfriend, the Afro-American Bobby (Derek Luke), are preparing to receive April's family for a thanksgiving dinner. While Bobby tries to borrow a suit for him, April realizes that her stove is broken and 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 in the road, the relationship between the Burns and the black-sheep April is disclosed through the conversations between her father Jim (Oliver Platt), her resented mother Joy (Patricia Clarkson), her brother, her sister and her grandmother.

"Pieces of April" is an enjoyable and very delightful thanksgiving tale. This low budget movie has a very simple story, being sometimes a mean dramatic comedy of errors, but touching deep in the heart of the viewer. The cast is very inspired, highlighting the performances of Katie Holmes and Patricia Clarkson. The parallel way the story is disclosed is magnificent, developing clearly each character, and showing their feelings and resentments. I did not like the character of April's neighbor Wayne (Sean Hayes), since it is not clear if he is a weird or just a stupid man. "Pieces of April" is a gem to be discovered by sensitive viewers. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "Do Jeito Que Ela É" ("In the Way She Is")


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