Pieces of a Woman: Kornél (White Dog) Mundruczó’s English-Language Debut (Venice Fest 2020) (Strangers in Paradise, Foreigners in Hollywood)

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Venice Film Fest: Shia LaBeouf and Vanessa Kirby in ‘Pieces of a Woman’
Vanessa Kirby and Shia LaBeouf play a couple shattered by the loss of their newborn baby in Kornél Mundruczó’s intense English-language debut.

Hungarian director Kornél Mundruczó broke through internationally in 2014 with his  social parable about the downtrodden rising up against their oppressors, White Dog. He puts aside political allegory to drill deep into the heart of family tragedy in his first English-language feature, Pieces of a Woman. Puncturing a brittle European veneer with spikes of more American emotional volatility, the drama wears influences from Ingmar Bergman to John Cassavetes — not always lightly. Despite some contrived script passages and unsubtle symbolism, the first-rate cast keeps it gripping.