Pieces of a Woman movie review - Aussieboyreviews


Pieces of a Woman is an exceptionally-made and sad drama dealing with grief. The acting is stunning, there’s plenty of symbolism, and the film is very powerful and moving.


When a woman’s home birth ends in a heartbreaking tragedy, the loss leads her down a long path of grief and mourning that begins to break her relationships with her family and friends.

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Movie details

Director: Kornél Mundruczó
Cast: Vanessa Kirby, Shia LaBeouf, Ellen Burstyn, Sarah Snook, Molly Parker, Iliza Shlesinger, Benny Safdie
Writer: Kata Wéber
Release Date (Australia): 7 January 2021
Runtime: 126 minutes/2h 6m
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Language: English

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (M)

Thematic material includes a woman grieving after the death of her baby after birth. The film features a lengthy birth scene, and themes including infant mortality and relationship disputes.

Coarse Language (M)

The film includes use of the word “f**k”.

Drug Use (M)

The film includes a depiction of a character snorting a drug.

Nudity (M)

The film includes male buttocks nudity and a brief depiction of a man’s genitals.

Sex (M)

The film includes a scene in which a couple are depicted engaging in sexual activity and verbal sexual references using the word “f**k” in a sexual context.

mpaa rating

R (for language, sexual content, graphic nudity and brief drug use)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Vanessa Kirby accomplishes an impeccable performance in the perspective of grief over an unbearable tragedy. After the lengthy home birth sequence and the first act, it’s a just an unhurried look at grief, which is well-portrayed but also slow. There’s also lots of symbolism relating to the subject matter, and even the credits play effective audios with a suitable background that intends to leave you in thinking mode for a few minutes, which is worth staying for.

Pieces of a Woman is a powerful and moving, yet a mature and bitter drama centring on a married woman’s relationships with her loved ones falling apart as she grieves the death of her baby right after birth. This movie clearly isn’t for everyone. And it’s not just by the fact that it’s obviously sad, but the subject matter and grief will likely reach all the way to parents, especially of those who are raising young ones or are caring for little babies.

Throughout the film, the acting is heartbreakingly lifelike. Vanessa Kirby is definitely worth paying attention to and the surrounding cast are realistic when they surround the main character who is grieving. However, the pacing of this film begins to fall short after the first act. The second and third act are focused on grief and it all probably could’ve been shortened into a film that only needs an hour and a half to tell its full story and completely execute its message. So for a lot of viewers, it will be more boring than saddening which is completely understandable.

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