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Pieces of a Woman (2020)

R | | Drama | 7 January 2021 (USA)
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When a young mother's home birth ends in unfathomable tragedy, she begins a year-long odyssey of mourning that fractures relationships with loved ones in this deeply personal story of a woman learning to live alongside her loss.


Kornél Mundruczó


Kata Wéber
103 ( 46)
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 5 wins & 43 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Vanessa Kirby ... Martha
Shia LaBeouf ... Sean
Ellen Burstyn ... Elizabeth
Iliza Shlesinger ... Anita
Benny Safdie ... Chris
Sarah Snook ... Suzanne
Molly Parker ... Eva
Steven McCarthy ... Photographer
Tyrone Benskin ... Judge
Frank Schorpion ... Lane
Harry Standjofski ... Court Clerk
Domenic Di Rosa ... Medical Examiner
Jimmie Fails ... Max
Juliette Casagrande Juliette Casagrande ... Little Girl
Gayle Garfinkle Gayle Garfinkle ... Judith


Martha and Sean are a Boston couple on the verge of parenthood whose lives change irrevocably when a home birth ends in unimaginable tragedy. Thus begins a yearlong odyssey for Martha, who must navigate her grief while working through fractious relationships with her husband and her domineering mother, along with the publicly vilified midwife, whom she must face in court. A deeply personal, searing, and ultimately transcendent story of a woman learning to live alongside her loss. Written by Netflix

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, sexual content, graphic nudity and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


As Vanessa Kirby has never given birth in real life, she watched numerous documentaries and videos and shadowed midwives in a hospital in North London and even was allowed to be in a room with a woman who was giving birth. See more »


The picture in the lawyer's room, which her partner referred to as Tacoma Bridge was actually Bosphorous Bridge with Ortakoy Mosque in the foreground, in Istanbul, Turkey. See more »


Elizabeth: And I'm ashamed of me. That I wasn't a good enough mother to teach you how to stand up and speak for yourself, for God's sakes. And to deal with this. Like my mother taught me. After my father went into the ghetto, my mother found a shack, an empty shack, that she went into and gave birth to me. Without any help at all. She stashed me under the floorboards when she had to go out and steal food. So she could make milk enough to keep me alive, but just alive. Not strong enough to cry, or we'd be ...
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User Reviews

A Woman Fractured, Disintegrated, Through a Story Attenuated...
7 January 2021 | by XstalSee all my reviews

The lives of two people decimated with the loss of their newborn baby girl. Grabbing the viewers' attention from the off, as every parent's nightmare is lived out in graphic detail at the close of a thirty minute escalation that lays the foundations for a bridge to the unimaginable, a trajectory paved with chaos, veiled and shrouded in turmoil, suspended on tenterhooks as tense and as taught as Tacoma. With anticipation and expectation set, it's a little disappointing to find this resonance, once established and secured soon decays and rapidly fades, from the deeps to the shallows, as the story begins to mainstream with its contemporaries, as opportunity, empathy and originality are lost and the only structure left standing embodied through the performance of Vanessa Kirby, who will surely go on to much bigger and better crossings.

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Release Date:

7 January 2021 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pieces of a Woman See more »

Filming Locations:

Montreal, Québec, Canada See more »

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