Pieces of a woman (2020)

Directed by Kornél Mundruczó

Starring Shia LaBeouf, Venessa Kirby, Ellen Burstyn, Iliza Schlesinger

So honestly I knew nothing of this movie. I saw the picture on the Netflix App and saw that it had Ellen Burstyn, an actress that I like a lot, and Shia LaBeouf who is a good actor, at least in recent pictures that I have seen.

Martha and Sean are a couple who are having a baby. They decide to have the labor in their house instead than in a hospital. When the midwife they hired can’t go, Eva arrives as a replacement. When something goes wrong and Sean and Martha are left trying to get their lives together again.

I have to say that this film has the longest birth labor scenes I’ve seen in a film. But it was necessary for the rest of the film. The way it was shot you feel the tension the characters are feeling and the fear of not knowing what was happening. The movie is good, it a drama film so some might say it’s slow. The theme of the film reminded me a bit of Manchester by the sea in that it deals with what the characters go through after a tragedy. How they change and how they get back on their feet. It is a beautifully directed film and I hardly notice that in film, but there are scenes where no words are spoken and the way they are shot is so efficient.

I had never seen Vanessa Kirby or at least that I remember. She was so good in this film. She gives a chilling performance. She kept me watching the movie. Shia LaBeouf once again shows that he is a great actor. Vanessa and Shia made me feel like those tears were real. Even comedian Iliza was good in her performance. Ellen Burstyn is perfect in this supporting role.

I liked the film, I think it was beautifully directed and acted by the cast. Not sure if it’s for everyone but if you like movies that focus on characters and what happens around them or how they cope with something this is a good alternative.

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