Pieces Of April

Pieces Of AprilBB.5

(out of 5)


 plays a young woman whose difficult relationship with her family is put to the test on the day she is expecting them for Thanksgiving dinner and can’t cook her turkey due to a faulty stove. She wanders around her New York City apartment building hoping that a neighbour might take pity on her and help her out, all the while her parents (, ), siblings and grandmother are in their car heading in from out of town in expectation of a disastrous reunion. The dinner is an important one because mother Clarkson is dying of cancer and it might be their last chance to all be together. This digitally shot, “little” film has engaging characters and an enjoyable plot, moving along at a healthy pace thanks to excellent dialogue and delightful performances. The ending feels a bit rushed, though, and the film needn’t have been in such a hurry to get itself over with. Clarkson is a standout, her scenes in the car with Platt being the best ones, while (of TV’s Will And Grace) strikes a sour note in an overdone and unbelievable performance as Holmes’s obsessive neighbour.


USA, 2003

Directed by

Screenplay by Peter Hedges

Cinematography by

Produced by , ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Film Festivals:  TIFF 2003Sundance 2003


Cast Tags:  , , ,, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,


Academy Award Nomination
Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Patricia Clarkson as “Joy Burns”)

Golden Globe Award Nomination
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Patricia Clarkson)

National Society of Film Critics Award
Best Supporting Actress (Patricia Clarkson)

National Board Of Review Awards
Best Supporting Actress (Patricia Clarkson)
Special Recognition, for excellence in filmmaking

Screen Actors Guild Award Nomination
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role (Patricia Clarkson)

Independent Spirit Award Nominations
Best Supporting Female (Patricia Clarkson)
Best Screenplay
John Cassavetes Award

Sundance Film Festival Award
Special Jury Prize, Dramatic (Patricia Clarkson)

Boston Film Critics Award
Best Supporting Actress (Patricia Clarkson)


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One thought on “Pieces Of April

  1. I first saw this film on TV about 30 minutes in. I thought Katie Holmes did a good job and the family was fun to watch. Somehow, this movie was greater than the sum of its parts.

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