Pieces of a Woman portrays genuine human emotions, and it cements it with a nearly 30-minute long single-take childbirth scene. Lead actor Vanessa Kirby revealed how she was excited to take on this daunting task.
Vanessa Kirby Needed to Portray a Real Woman
The actress, nominated for a BAFTA in the Best Actress category for Pieces of a Woman, spoke to Entertainment Weekly about how she felt it was vital to render an image of a real woman.
She wanted to stray away from the glamorized movie version of the character and portray someone with no vanity. However, Kirby chalked the undertaking as a challenge.
“I think we all felt like there was a responsibility here for anyone that’s been close to someone who’s gone through this or have gone through it themselves, as a woman, but as a partner, as a man, too.”
She further shared how delivering the truest representation of grief was challenging.
An Exciting Experience
While the duty to portray every authentic glimpse of grief is monumental, Kirby was enthralled by the idea of doing a nearly 30-minute take.
The Crown star revealed her background was in theater before TV shows and feature films, and the idea of doing this was like taking a free fall.
Vanessa Kirby also complimented the cinematographer, Benjamin Loeb, as he had been holding the camera on his shoulders and following the actors for the entire duration. She fondly remembered the experience as if everyone in the crew had gone to war and returned victorious, creating an everlasting bond.
‘Pieces Of A Woman’
Pieces of a Woman is a heartbreaking tale of a woman who grapples with the woes of childbirth and uses isolation as a coping mechanism. At about two-thirds of the movie, it compels the audience to sit through a single-shot 24-minute-long scene of birth given at home. The scene is intense yet vulnerable, animalistic yet an exposé of true human nature, abrasive yet tender, and it sucks in every unblinking attention from the viewer.
The movie is a contemporary cinematic masterpiece produced by Martin Scorsese, directed by Kornél Mundruczó, and stars Vanessa Kirby and Shia LaBeouf. Together, they deliver chaos that is rehearsed, in part real, to have a heart-wrenching item of authenticity. For this performance, Kirby was an integral piece.
The Movie Is Now Up For Multiple Awards
Pieces of a Woman is up for many awards this year, and Kirby herself has been on plenty of nomination lists. The notable ones are the Oscars for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama at the Golden Globes, and Best Leading Actress from BAFTA.
Kirby had previously acted in The Crown, and her role as Princess Margaret had garnered the adoration of many. She won the BAFTA for Best Supporting Actress and was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series at the Emmy Awards.
Now, Pieces of a Woman is on track to demonstrate and solidify the young actor’s prowess.
Some Quick Facts about Vanessa Kirby
|Real/Birth Name:||Vanessa Nuala Kirby|
|Active From:||2009- Present|
|Famous For:||A Princess Margaret in The Crown|
|Family and Siblings|
|Date of Birth:||18th April 1988, Monday|
|Age (As of 2023):||34 Years Old|
|Birth Place:||Wimbledon, London|
|Home Town:||Tooting, south London,|
|School:||Lady Eleanor Holles School, Hampton, London|
|College:||The University of Exeter, England|
|Boyfriend/Dating:||Paul Rabil (Rumor)|
|Height:||5 Feet 7 Inches (170cm)|
|Weight:||125 lbs (57kg)|
|Shoe Size:||8.5 (US)|
|Hair Type:||Medium, Straight|
|Awards & Nomination|
|Awards:||BAFTA Award, 2018|
|Income & Assets|
|Net Worth (As of 2023):||$4 Million|
|Car Collection:||1. Rolls-Royce Ghost ($310,000)|
2. Audi Q8 ($70,000)
3. Land Rover Range Rover ($69,000)