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Pieces of April (2003)

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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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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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19 February 2004 (Germany)  »

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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 title "Pieces of April" comes from a Three Dog Night song. 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 »

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Jim Burns: I can think of one memory. She was wearing a pink nightgown...
Timmy Burns: That was ME!
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In memory of my mother, Carole Hedges, who loved every day. See more »

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Featured in The 2004 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards (2004) 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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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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