Pieces of a Woman, the latest film by Hungarian director Cornel Mondrotso, is one of the films screened at the 2020 Venice International Film Festival.
The film is about a couple who decide to give birth to their child at home. Negligence in childbirth using a pot changes the couple’s life path and accompanies us with a woman’s inner complexities.
One of the highlights of the film is the presence of Martin Scorsese as Executive Producer, which has made the film awaited by cinema lovers.
“When I first was contacted by Martin Scorsese after he saw ‘Pieces of a Woman,’ time stopped for a second,” Mundruczó said.
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“It’s lucky to see a movie that takes you by surprise. “Pieces of a Woman ‘for me was a deep and uniquely moving experience,” Scorsese said.
The film stars Vanessa Kirby, Shaya Lebov and Ellen Bernstein. British actress Vanessa Kirby did not shine much in her career, but she quickly achieved worldwide fame by starring in films such as Mission: Impossible Fallout and Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw.
But next to her we see a memorable face from the Transformers movie called Shia LaBeouf.
Veteran actress Ellen Bernstein is in the film. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role in Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, directed by Martin Scorsese, and was nominated for the same award for such works as “Requiem for a Dream” and “The Exorcist”, And “Resurrection”.
The screenplay for A Woman’s Pieces written by Kata Viber, who previously wrote the screenplay for The White God.
Leading Canadian composer Howard Shore, winner of various Oscars, Grammys and Golden Globes, and appearing in major projects such as The Lord of the Rings, has produced the soundtrack for the film.
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Pieces of a woman Reviews
So far, 7 of the 8 reviews published on the rotten tomatoes website have been positive. The film received a 88% rating in rotten tomatoes, and 6.8/10 in IMDb and 73% in Metacritic.
Pieces of a Woman is grounded and intensely personal. Much of that is due to the towering and heartbreaking performance by Kirby.
Mundruczó and Wéber gave her the pieces from which to assemble this character, but only Kirby could have taken that puzzle and turned it into such an astonishing portrait.
After the implosive force of those first 30 minutes, the rest of the movie can’t help but feel like a self-defeating scavenger hunt through the rubble.
The Pieces of a Woman, which is actually an acting class, is a very impressive film in its own right. The main actors each do a good job of keeping the film going, but everything seems a bit too academic, organized, and like a sort of workshop. This situation is made even worse by the exaggerated music that falls on the listener after each heavy emotional exchange like a sledgehammer.
Director: Kornél Mundruczó
Writer: Kata Wéber
Studio: Little Lamb Productions
Music Composer: Howard Shore
Release Date: 4 September 2020 (Italy)
Runtime: 126 min
Cast: Vanessa Kirby, Shia LaBeouf, Sarah Snook, Ellen Bernstein
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