Acclaimed film PIECES OF A WOMAN arrives this week on Netflix


Martha and Sean 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 (Vanessa Kirby), 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.

Pieces of a Woman features an impressive cast including: Vanessa Kirby (Martha), Shia LaBeouf (Sean), Molly Parker (Eve), Sarah Snook (Suzanne), Iliza Shlesinger (Anita), Benny Safdie (Chris), with Jimmie Fails (Max) and Ellen Burstyn (Elizabeth).

Pieces of a Woman began its journey to the screen in 2017, when acclaimed Hungarian playwright and screenwriter Kata Wéber (White God, Jupiter’s Moon) began writing character sketches and bits of dialogue between a mother and her adult daughter centered around the unfathomable tragedy of losing a child.

The scenes, which were written in fragments, eventually grew to become a play at the encouragement of Wéber’s husband and frequent collaborator, director Kornél Mundruczó (White God, Jupiter’s Moon).

“I saw these notes in Kata’s notebook where she was describing a relationship between a mother and a daughter. They were really strong and I’d read quite a few pages before I thought, What isn’t Kata talking about with me?”

“We had an experience, which was not as tragic as the one in the film, but we had to face a loss of our own. And, I recognized that we weren’t talking about it. I eventually asked Kata, ‘Can we make this bigger? Can we work on it?’”

Pieces of a Woman premieres Thursday January 7, at 7PM AEDT on Netflix Australia

Kevin Perry
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