The first 20 minutes of
the movie will make you weep with discomfort and paranoia. You’ll be sitting at
the edge of your seat, clinging closer to the blanket, and jerking one tear
The performances were
intimate and depressingly raw. Vanessa Kirby proved her talent in this domestic
drama, which also won her the best actress prize in Venice. After watching this
delightfully destructive performance, we’re 100% sure that she’ll be running
for the Oscars this year.
Previously, she has
been praised for her performances in The Crown and the Mission Impossible
franchise. In fact, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that the 32-year-old critics’
darling has become a global icon. She has worked with some of the best indie
directors in the last few years, and honestly, she’s worth all the hype.
In her latest – Pieces
of a Woman – she plays the role of an American Jewish Martha, who is expecting
her first child with husband Sean. She is the daughter of a wealthy mother and
works in the corporate sector. In the first few minutes of the movie, it
becomes clear that the relationship between her husband and mother is not
healthy – both detest one another and the only person because of whom they
remain civilized is Martha.
But this is a noise in
the background; the movie is actually about Martha and her personal loss. She’s
adamant on having a home birth and has her husband’s support in that regard.
couple seems to have a loving relationship as he is seen to be consoling and
supporting her. During contractions, Vanessa holds nothing back and gives an
honest depiction of the pain and discomfort. She yowls and burps and takes
directions from the nervous midwife.
can see a variety of emotions flash on her face when she welcomes her first
child to the world. You can’t help but shed a few tears when Martha holds her
baby for the first time in her arms.
this time, Sean can be seen feeling overwhelmed with fear but content. He wants
to be a father but is unsure if he’ll ever be good enough. Later in the movie
we also find out that he’s a recovering alcoholic.
that’s when the real agony starts – the baby turns blue only a few minutes
after birth and dies.
director has treated this pain with utmost compassion and tried to show that
the loss of a child is irreparable. It’s impossible to fill the void by just
“planning another baby” – a typical mindset that most audiences must’ve had.
the movie, you see Martha diving straight into work and not allowing the pain
to consume her. Of course, when she neglects the most fierce emotions, they
come out growling and how.
is seen not wanting to talk about it, and every time her husband tries to start
a conversation, she either changes the topic or leaves the room.
what happens next is expected but real – the young couple breaks up in the most
tragic and destructive way. They both love one another but have forgotten how
to show that. And the most unfortunate part is that they don’t even try to fix
the broken relationship.
is when the manipulative and power-driven mother returns and makes the most of
the situation. She also forces Martha to sue the midwife and start a new life.
is when Martha gives us a heart-aching speech about what it feels like to be a
trauma victim. She urges the people in the court room to speak their truth no
matter how much others try to malign their story.
witness a beautiful metaphor that gives this horrifying event a beautiful end.
In the court room, when she is asked what she remembers of her dead child, she
says that she smelled like apples. In fact, the first scene that we see after
she loses her child is her at the grocery store buying apples. And in the final
shot of the movie, we see a young girl mischievously climbing on top of a tree
to pick an apple and eat it. Seconds later, you discover that its Martha
daughter. And that’s when you learn that no matter what happens life goes on.
of a Woman’ is an important story to tell. It is estimated that roughly 50% of
people have either experience miscarriage or know someone who has. The pain is
undeniable and consuming.
Watch this movie for
the crisp and compassionate script but also for the performances.
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more movie reviews! Do let us know if you agree with this ‘Pieces of a Woman
review’ after watching the movie on Netflix as it released on Friday – it’s an
Oscar-contending film after all!