A potential Oscar contender with this one.
Netflix has released the trailer for Pieces of a Woman, a highly emotional-looking upcoming film starring Vanessa Kirby and Shia LaBeouf as a couple who are hit with tragic loss during a home birth. We focus on Martha (Kirby), as she attempts to juggle grief, her relationship with her husband, her domineering mother (played by Oscar winner Ellen Burstyn), and a court case with the midwife (Molly Parker).
The film has been met with a good amount of solid reviews from its festival screenings this year and the awards buzz is beginning, particularly for Kirby. The English star has been putting in solid performances with some wide-ranging work, from Netflix’s The Crown (playing Princess Margaret) to badass action-heavy roles in films like Mission: Impossible – Fallout and Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw. Don’t be surprised to see her enter the Oscar circuit with this one. And, of course, there’s no denying the reliability of LaBeouf and Burstyn.
The film comes from Hungarian director Kornél Mundruczó and writer Kata Wéber, who previously collaborated on the highly-acclaimed, but underseen 2014 film White God (see it) and 2017’s Jupiter’s Moon. Watch out for Pieces of a Woman to be streaming on Netflix from January 7th. It hits select US cinemas on December.
Official synopsis for Pieces of a Woman:
Martha (Vanessa Kirby) and Sean (Shia LaBeouf) 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 (Ellen Burstyn), along with the publicly vilified midwife (Molly Parker), whom she must face in court. Directed by Kornél Mundruczó (White God, winner of the 2014 Prix Un Certain Regard Award), written by Kata Wéber, and executive produced by Martin Scorsese, Pieces of a Woman is a deeply personal, searing, and ultimately transcendent story of a woman learning to live alongside her loss.