To celebrate the release of Pieces of a Woman, the new drama from film-making duo Kornél Mundruczó and Kata Wéber, we sat down with them and the film’s star – and HeyUGuys favourite – Vanessa Kirby to chat about the heartbreaking new film that is getting plenty of Oscar buzz.
Kirby plays Martha, a Boston woman who is on the verge of parenthood with husband Sean (Shia Labeouf) when their idyllic homebirth turns to heartbreak. At the hands of a flustered midwife, who faces charges of criminal negligence, Martha begins a year-long odyssey to navigate her grief while working through fractious relationships with her husband and her domineering mother (Ellen Burstyn), along with the publicly vilified midwife whom she must face in court.
After her star-making turns in The Crown, Mission: Impossible – Fallout, and Hobbs & Shaw, Kirby was looking for something “scary” to do and talks about the challenges of playing an expectant mother, navigating the inexplicable heartbreak her character suffers, the film’s standout opening and adding Ellen Burstyn to her “famous mothers” Bingo, after Helen Mirren.
In addition, Mundruczó and Wéber discuss their hopes for the film, its cathartic nature for them, and the intimacy they hoped to accomplish in those incredible first thirty minutes.
You can view the full interviews below:
Pieces of a Woman is available on Netflix from January 7th.