Pieces of a Woman review: Hungarian filmmaker Kornél Mundruczó makes his English Language debut by tackling an emotional story about a woman’s life crashing down following a neonatal death. Vanessa Kirby gives a phenomenal Oscar-worthy performance as a grief-stricken mother whose life could have been wonderful after bringing a new child into the world but is filled with despair and trauma following the child’s sudden demise. Whether it’s playing Princess Margaret in the drama series “The Crown” or appearing in action franchises such as “Mission Impossible” and “Fast and Furious,” Vanessa Kirby has quickly established herself as one of the most versatile actresses of our generation. The film also contains excellent performances from Shia LaBeouf as Kirby’s husband and Ellen Burstyn as her mother. “Pieces of a Woman” may have material that won’t be for everyone, such as seeing childbirth on screen. Still, the film is an excellent look at a woman’s personal life and how the choices made following a tragedy can affect her and the people around her. Thanks to the heart-pounding thirty-minute opening, excellent direction by Mundruczó, and an incredible performance by Vanessa Kirby, “Pieces of a Woman” is a gut-wrenching drama that will be playing with your emotions just like how they controlled Vanessa Kirby throughout the film.
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