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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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 5 wins & 44 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?


After obtaining and reading the script, Vanessa Kirby flew to Budapest to express her admiration for the script to screenwriter Kata Wéber and director Kornél Mundruczó. She desperately wanted to play Martha because of the challenge of acting out an experience so unfamiliar to her. Mundruczó and Wéber were taken by Kirby's charisma, which reminded them of the European movie stars of old, and signed her on as Martha. They also stated that as soon as they announced it, the movie's budget was lowered because of Kirby's lack of starpower at the time. 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 »


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

The title appears around the 30-minute mark. See more »


Stranger in Paradise
Written by Bob Wright, Chet Forrest (as George Chet Forrest)
Performed by The Four Aces featuring Al Alberts
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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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:

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Filming Locations:

Montreal, Québec, Canada See more »

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1.85 : 1
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