A grieving woman embarks on an emotional journey after the loss of her baby.
As the film begins, we look into Martha and Sean’s lives, who adapt to life as they prepare to have their first kid. Martha starts to have her contractions, and we see a very emotional and raw moment as she has a home birth. She is struggling to give birth, and as we begin to watch the nurse check on her, we start to see her concern for the lack of a heartbeat for the baby.
For an opening scene, you don’t get much better direction, acting, and emotions. You felt every single feeling throughout these opening moments, from joy to happy to sad to completely ripped into pieces, just a beautiful job from everyone to set the scene for what is to come.
Although life has begun to go back to normal, life is far from ordinary as the baby’s loss takes a toll on Martha and Sean’s relationship. Both are making decisions without each other for what’s bound to combust.
A beautiful poetic score plays in the backdrop of this film that plays like a symphony. Howard Shore’s score is the film’s heartbeat from the opening moments of the movie and throughout.
Before I go any further, an extremely awkward and uncomfortable scene transpires while watching it. I just wasn’t sure how to feel about it. I’m not sure it was necessary or added anything to the story. I believe it could have been shot differently and not so ‘forced.’
An emotionally powerful scene between Vanessa Kirby and Ellen Burstyn shakes you to your core. The topic’s gripping nature and a mother is trying to stand up for her daughter and a daughter, unsure of her next move. These two just clashed, and it was filled with raw and authentic lines that hit you in your core.
Speaking of Vanessa Kirby, she gives hands down the best performance from a woman this year. The emotional story that she portrays throughout this journey is perfection. Kirby has the way of making you feel things with more than her words. The power she showed within Martha’s silence was impeccable. From her body language to the way she took a breath to the way the words came off her mouth, she fully captured a broken woman suffering from her loss.
Next, I do believe the film does lose some of its pizazz throughout the second act. There was a bunch of meandering that doesn’t add to the movie. You begin to feel the two-hour and six-minute run time as we get closer to the film’s ending.
In conclusion, Pieces of a Woman is one of the most emotionally riveting films you will ever see. I can’t imagine the pain of which a woman would feel from a loss of this nature, but Kata Weber and Kornel Mundruczo do a remarkable job of painting that picture and making you feel the emotions.
Vanessa Kirby is breathtaking perfect as Pieces of Woman breaks your heart.