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
58 ( 13)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 58 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?


Vanessa Kirby and Shia LaBeouf also worked together in Charlie Countryman (2013). See more »


During the trial scene, Martha's hair is pulled into a ponytail. When she exits the courtroom during the break, her hair is loose. When she enters the shop to develop the photo of her daughter, she has a ponytail again. See more »


Lane: Yes, how did you feel holding your baby you had just given birth to?
Martha: She smelled like an apple.
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Crazy Credits

"A film by Kata Wéber and Kornél Mundruczó" (even though the former didn't direct the movie). See more »


Written by João Pedro Miiller Bianchini
Performed by sakura Hz
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Good film reaching but failing to be Great
13 September 2020 | by KingOfHungarySee all my reviews

It's a well acted tragic story that starts off excellently, but falls apart bit by bit the longer it goes until it ends on a whimper, as if the story got tired. Vanessa Kirby is equal parts excellent, and yet underacted in a sort of apathetic manner, where it began to hurt the story itself because her behavior was not shown to have anything underlying it, but her surface level was her entire level. Shia was excellent, as was the Mother. The film is very much in the style of Hungarian films, as the director is, and I say this in the way that this film could and would have been shot as a Hungarian film and played out exactly the same, if it had not been North American. In fact, it feels like an American adaptation of an existing Hungarian film, but this is it. The tone of the film jerks around somewhat, going with hard, every day realism, with odd smatterings of symbolism that just don't mesh well and come up like worn down speed humps on your drive, so instead of you getting seamless symbolism, they are stark and you are slapped aware of them when they show up. The dialogue is very good and realistic, except for a few instances where they get speechy and you start to fall out of the immersion because of it. The cinematography is very great, and the music works well. I think with some tweaks this could have been a great, even excellent movie, but what we got is a hampered result.

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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