STREAMING REVIEW: Pieces Of A Woman features most harrowing performance of year from Vanessa Kirby

This gut-wrenching story of the disintegration of a marriage following a tragic child-birth is one of the most difficult films I’ve ever seen.

When a home birth ends in the child’s death, a young couple struggle to keep it together as they yearn to move on with their lives.

Director Kornél Mundruczó creates an entrancing, absolutely heartbreaking portrayal of loss and sadness.

Vanessa Kirby, quite frankly, deserves the Oscar this year for Best Actress. She’s not the frontrunner, but she damn well should be. It’s a career-changing turn, and the most daring female performance of the year.

Shia LaBeouf’s current personal circumstances and sexual abuse allegations have made him persona non grata on the awards circuit, and as such, I just want readers to know they should watch despite him. Because the women in this film act circles around him anyway.

Ellen Burstyn, as Kirby’s concerned mother, is another strong contender for an Oscar for Supporting Actress. She gives her best performance since Requiem For A Dream, and it’s a magnificent showcase.

This is a can’t-miss film, even if it’s difficult to watch. I personally think it’s one of the best of the year, and the portrayal of these tragic events is important to witness.

4.5/5 Stars

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