Pieces of a Woman

Pieces of a Woman ★★★

I like to ask myself after watching a movie “Would this movie exist if it wasn’t trying to win any awards?” The simple answer with Pieces of a Woman is no. Despite its heartbreaking themes and amazingly difficult dramatic performances that are consistently impressive and riveting, something about it feels empty. It’s as if you watched these characters go through pain without much reason. I get that this movie is a vehicle for the actors to really do their thing but if you wanna make a truly great movie you gotta have more meat to it. The story is fairly one-note and none of the characters feel multi-layered, leaving the movie to have few reasons to exist besides getting Vanessa Kirby (and maybe Ellen Burstyn) an Oscar.

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