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PIECES OF A WOMAN: (L to R) Molly Parker as Eva and Vanessa Kirby as Martha. /

Best Netflix movies of 2021: 5. Pieces of a Woman

Release Year: 2021

Directed By: Kornél Mundruczó

Starring: Vanessa Kirby, Shia LaBeouf, Molly Parker, Sarah Snook, Iliza Shlesinger, Benny Safdie, Jimmie Fails, Ellen Burstyn, Domenic Di Rosa 

Release Date: Now streaming

Leave it to Netflix to open a new year with a critically-acclaimed bang. Moviegoing might look different for the foreseeable future, but Netflix hasn’t slowed down one bit with its new releases, including those that are without a doubt vying for awards. Pieces of a Woman began streaming on January 7 and quickly gained stream for its performances. The film follows Boston couple Martha (Vanessa Kirby) and Sean (Shia LaBeouf) as they embark on a journey to parenthood. However, a home birth leads to tragedy, and Martha must navigate her grief while also confronting fractured relationships with many people in her life.

Pieces of a Woman comes from director Kornél Mundruczó, who also directed the Hungarian films Delta, Tender Son: The Frankenstein Project, White God and Jupiter’s Moon. The film made its world premiere in September 2020 at Venice International Film Festival, where lead star Vanessa Kirby won the Volpi Cup for Best Actress. Pieces of a Woman also screen at the Toronto International Film Festival before receiving a limited theatrical release in December 2020. Currently, the film holds a 77% on Rotten Tomatoes and has earned Oscar buzz for Kirby’s performance. Don’t miss one of the first — and best — Netflix original films of 2021.