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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
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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?


The opening thirty minute birth scene took two days and six takes to shoot. See more »


When Sean sees a painting on the wall of Suzanne's office, he claims that it's the Tacoma Bridge. That is a painting of the Bosphorus Bridge, which is in Istanbul, Turkey. It can be easily distinguished from the mosque next to it. 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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In a Sentimental Mood (Instr.)
Written by Duke Ellington
Performed by Duke Ellington and John Coltrane
Courtesy of The Verve Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Pieces of a Screenplay
11 January 2021 | by berndgeilingSee all my reviews

The screenplay and the resulting formal structure of the movie left me a bit puzzled. Did they try to parallel the experience of this young woman, surpassing a deep life crisis after a miscarriage, on the formal level and the structure of the movie? The film never recovers from its strong first 30 min, after this you have the feeling it breaks into pieces, like the life of this young woman itself. Sequences seem fractured and shattered, not really motivated or combined in a convincing way. Dialogue and acting often seems loosely improvised and unconnected. La Beouf's part for example, the most unconvincingly motivated character for me, suddenly loosing any connection, vanishing out of sight. But that's exactly the way the grieving mother must have felt it herself! Maybe they did that intentionally to give us the feeling of loss, pain, anger and emotional estrangement this woman is going through. Strong supporting acts by Ellen Burstyn and Molly Parker. But the movie's core and center is Vanessa Kirby here, giving a breathtaking performance, she carries this film almost alone. In the end it doesn't leave you frustrated, it seems there's enough hope left for a new beginning in life.

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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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