Vanessa Kirby delivers a heart-wrenching performance as a woman who suffers an indescribable loss during a home birth in “Pieces of a Woman” “But you wonder if the film’s construction is too complicated if not masochistic is, and whether Kirby, famous for her hilarious twist as Princess Margaret on “The Crown,” deserves even more credit for making us believe (well, I haven’t) that she is married to Shia LaBeouf, the two who play husband and wife pretend they don’t want to be in the same room together

Directed by the Hungarian author Kornel Mundruczo of “White God”, the film is based on a stage play that premiered in Poland and is Mundruczo’s first English-language film to be adapted to the screen by Kata Weber (Mundruczo’s “Jupiter’s Moon”) The opening scenes of this film, shot in Montreal, show that the Boston couple Martha (Kirby) and Sean Carson (LaBeouf) are a passionate, loving couple, that Martha’s aristocratic mother, Elizabeth, hates Sean, who is a rough construction worker, and that Martha is about to be have the couple’s first child in a home delivery

That something terrible is going to happen depends heavily on the trial it’s excruciating, and the drama continues to focus on a court battle between Martha and Sean, whose marriage breaks down, and Eva Woodward (Molly Parker), the midwife, whose actions have probably doomed the child

Ellen Burstyn’s Elizabeth, whose hairstyle appears to be carved out of marble, has a standout monologue Otherwise, she appears to exist as an aging parental stimulus. For me, the most interesting thing about “Pieces of a Woman” is the difference between LaBeouf’s rough and willing pseudo-method, full of frontal action and what everyone else is doing Kirby delivers a devastating portrait of a woman whose loss is sudden, irrevocable, and possibly a sign of the end of her marriage and spiritual stability. Martha begins to act bizarre, the act-one delivery sequence isn’t a tour de force only because of her heightened emotions (the original midwife sends a last-minute replacement), but also because Mundruczo and cameraman Benjamin Loeb (“Mandy”) shoot it as a 23-minute recording unbroken sequence After this breathtaking start, the rest of the film has no choice but to act like an afterthought

We learn that construction worker Sean – wait for it – is building bridges (we see one gradually completed in heavy shots) Sean has addiction problems too, much like LaBeouf who is currently in a #MeToo controversy with an ex- Partner is involved and has been replaced by Harry Styles in a recent production directed by Olivia Wilde The Casting (Was it producer Martin Scorsese’s suggestion?) Of the New York comic book Iliza Shlesinger as Martha’s sister, director Ben Safdie as the sister’s husband and the Australian Sarah Snook from “Succession” as the cousin of a lawyer, who represents Martha and Sean, seems a bit distracting. The roles are really not very much. Yes, Burstyn has her big scene and it burns. But after that soul-rending first act in which Kirby gives her everything, I expected more from the guy who gave us a barking, four-legged rebel god

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