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)
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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?


Out of six takes that were shot for the opening birth scene, it was the fourth take that was used in the final product. See more »


The film takes place in Boston, where trees do not have full leaves until well into May. In the courtroom scene labeled March 22, Martha wears a winter coat and there are small bits of snow on the ground outside the courthouse, typical for that time of year, yet trees are shown with full green foliage. When Martha leaves the courthouse during a break, the trees appear to be bare with some snow on the ground. The trees are full again in the scene on April 3, still several weeks before they would be in Boston. 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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Written by Orri P. Dyrason (as Orri Pall Dyrason), Kjartan Sveinsson, Jon Thor Birgisson, Georg Holm
Performed by Sigur Rós
Courtesy of Krunk Records/ADA UK
By arrangement with ADA Licensing, a division of Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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13 January 2021 | by RinoBortone91See all my reviews

Struggling, heavy, bewitching and subtle, an admittedly demanding film with the best tones of cinema. Although slow-paced and with some small lacunae, Pieces of a Woman sheds light not only on dramas similar to the story, but of every mother who finds herself in "pieces" of herself expressed with childbirth and its consequences, concepts that, in fact, only mothers can understand. A film with an excellent direction by Kornél Mundruczó that searches for details and expressions, especially the latter in his characters and in their non-verbal language, therefore complete with every language, all also emphasized by the music of the timeless Howard Shore, but all thanks to the beautiful writing by Kata Wéber. Thick cast, which meets two eras, two schools, two ways of thinking and acting, but which explodes under a single "hut"; Shia LaBeouf gives one of her most solid performances ever, Ellen Burstyn who enchants and charms, but the star of the film is a Vanessa Kirby in the toughest role of her career (so far), which makes her a real actress , a very solid interpretation, poignant, strong, exciting and at the same time that takes to the heart, pain embodied woman, the embodied meaning of a woman, the word mother made woman, a sort of virgin Mary of the contemporary cinema. Thick film, which that does not hurt and that does no mistakes, which succeeds in its intentions and which communicates everything that was intended, simply spectacular.

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Release Date:

7 January 2021 (USA) See more »

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Montreal, Québec, Canada See more »

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