'Pieces of a Woman': Sink or Stream?

Should you let this emotional story crumble and sink, or pick up the pieces and give it a stream?

By Jesse Conner

Vanessa Kirby in "Pieces of a Woman."

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Pieces of a Woman

Drama / 2020 / R

A heartbreaking home birth leaves a woman grappling with the profound emotional fallout, isolated from her partner and family by a chasm of grief.

When a couple is trying to start a family, there are a ton of factors to consider and things to be cognizant of when making that decision.

Once you're in the realm of actually bringing a newborn into the world, the only thing you can hope and pray for is that everything goes smoothly.

In the new Netflix film "Pieces of a Woman," a couple is desperately trying to have a baby and while doing so, there are complications that arise that end up affecting the future of their family.

We're here to give you all the info you need to decide whether to sink or stream it.

Reasons to Sink

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  • This film deals with a very sensitive topic regarding certain childbirth complications that may be difficult to watch for those who've dealt with similar circumstances.
  • As the film begins to build momentum with a strong, emotional introduction, the intensity and storyline seem to slowly fade through the remainder of the film.
  • By the time the movie reaches its conclusion, it doesn't feel like there's a strong lesson to be learned or even any final resolution to be had.

Reasons to Stream

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  • Shia LaBeouf and Vanessa Kirby give some breathtakingly raw performances that really pull you into the story as if you're literally there with them in this emotional roller coaster.
  • The film is done in such a real, uncensored way that it's unapologetic in its storytelling, even if the story being told might not have the definitive resolution you might be hoping for.
  • For a movie that focuses on one singular event to lay the groundwork of the plot, there are still many uncertain and surprising twists that are sprinkled in throughout the film in a very organic way.
  • There are a lot of subtleties that aren't explicitly defined which do a great job of providing additional weight to the somber ambience of the film.

Sink or Stream?

If the question is whether or not to stream "Pieces of a Woman," the answer is, stream it!

There are great performances everywhere in this film, but Vanessa Kirby is the standout star, no question.

This film is relatable in so many ways, and hopefully unrelatable in many other tragic ways.

It is one of the most brutally honest and unflinching films we've seen in a while.

Available to stream now on Netflix

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