In this episode, we take a deep dive into the Netflix Original film Pieces of a Woman. This drama stars Vanessa Kirby as Martha, a woman who tragically loses her child after a home birth.
Vanessa talks to Anna about how she prepared for the role. She details the research she undertook to learn about pregnancy, giving birth, and the processes of grief. She also describes having a pyjama party with Ellen Burstyn! Looking back at Vanessa’s career, they discuss what she looks for in a character, citing Margaret from The Crown as a particularly interesting part. On approaching blockbuster roles, Vanessa talks Mission Impossible and dreading sports day at school!
Critic Jessica Kiang joins Anna to delve into Pieces of a Woman further. They celebrate Vanessa’s extraordinary performance and the breath-taking opening sequence. The critics discuss how the intimacy between writer Kata Wéber and her partner, director Kornél Mundruczó, comes across on screen. Jessica particularly enjoys how Kata and Vanessa have worked together to make Martha a relatable woman.
Jessica’s recommendations: Proxima and Dick Johnson Is Dead (both on Netflix UK now).
Other movie mentions: Three Sisters, The World To Come, White God, Jupiter’s Moon.