Pieces of a Woman ★★★

Stellar all-in performance by Vanessa Kirby as Martha, a woman set adrift in grief after a disastrous home birth. Real-life violent narcissist Shia LeBeouf plays her non-narcissist partner who falls off the wagon and becomes violent. It's an uncomfortable thing to watch, esp as he gets rapey in one scene. Ellen Burstyn turns up early as Martha's mom, a you also get a Safdie brother and Sarah Snook as well. The opening scene is harrowing and suspenseful and then the rest of the film is accomplished, but leans a bit too much into the apple symbolism and a bridge construction that progresses as the narrative does over the winter into spring. What exactly is this a metaphoric bridge between? Not sure. Does not have the striking lunacy of White Dog, unfortunately.