As of today, “Pieces Of A Woman” is on Netflix. Vanessa Kirby was awarded the prize for best actress at the Venice Film Festival – and at FILMSTARTS the drama was the first film of the year to receive the full 5 stars.
”Pieces Of A Woman” by Kornél Mundruczó is one of those films for which it is a particular pity that it cannot be released in theaters at the moment. On Netflix, a considerable part of the audience will already turn off in the first few minutes – and that’s not because the film is bad, quite the opposite:
“Pieces Of A Woman” begins with a 23-minute scene without editing, the likes of which have not been seen in years. Many viewers simply won’t be able to get through it emotionally, and at home on the couch, all you have to do is press a button on the remote control to escape the situation, which is tense to bursting point.
THIS IS WHAT “PIECES OF A WOMAN” IS ABOUT
Martha (Vanessa Kirby) and her husband Sean (Shia LaBeouf) have decided to have their first child at home. But then everything goes wrong on the night of the birth: the midwife with whom they have prepared intensively for the event is already with another patient – so the couple have to make do with a midwife they have never met before.
Even when the first complications arise, Martha insists on having her baby at home. She doesn’t want to go to the hospital under any circumstances. But then the unimaginable happens and the baby dies just a few minutes after birth…
THE FIRST MASTERPIECE OF THE YEAR
The above synopsis only gives the plot of the first 23 minutes of “Pieces Of A Woman” – which are presented in the film in one long take without editing: Especially the performance of Vanessa Kirby (Jason Statham’s younger sister from “Hobbs & Shaw”) in this sequence can hardly be described – her performance follows the rhythm of labor pains, the whole world is reduced to pain, until the hope for the happiness of birth finally turns into absolute horror. What remains is hardly more than the shell of her body, which must now gradually find its way back to life.
But even if it’s the opening that will remain burned into your memory the most, the rest of the good two-hour masterpiece is also absolutely worth seeing:
The wholly physical experience of birth and death is followed by a completely internalized drama of the disintegration of a marriage. Martha and Sean, in fact, react in completely opposite ways to the death of their baby. While he wants to talk about what happened and relies on the healing effect of symbolic gestures, she closes her grief inside herself. It is as if she died together with her baby in the 23 minutes at the beginning.