Last Updated : June 20, 2021
Pieces of a Woman is a portrayal of true human emotions, and it cements it with a near 30-minute long single-take childbirth scene. Lead actor Vanessa Kirby revealed how she was excited to take on this daunting task.
The actress, who was nominated for BAFTA in the Best Actress category for Pieces of a Woman, spoke to Entertainment Weekly on how she felt it was important for her to render an image of a woman that was real.
She wanted to stray away from the glamorized movie version of the character and portray someone with no vanity. 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 it was a challenge to deliver the truest representation of grief.
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While the duty to portray every authentic glimpse of grief is monumental, Kirby was actually enthralled by the idea of doing a nearly 30-minute take.
The 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 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 itself 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 in part rehearsed, in part real, to deliver a heart-wrenching item of authenticity. For this performance, Kirby was an integral piece.
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 for the Oscars for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama from 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 by the Emmy Awards.
Now, Pieces of a Woman is on track to be a demonstration and solidification of the young actor’s prowess.