Pieces of April (2003): A wayward daughter invites her dying mother and the rest of her estranged family to her apartment for Thanksgiving dinner.
Directed by Peter Hedges
Such a sweet, comedic indie film. You’ll absolutely fall in love with the story. You may not have a family as dysfunctional as this one, but somehow they are able to pull you in and completely understand each and everyones point of view and heart. I truly liked this film and would recommend it to anyone.
can’t we make this one our Indie pic this wk. for those of us who weren’t at their TV couch last wk?
Neil, here are three other films with Thanksgiving themes (at least tangentially) that come to mind: Hannah and her Sisters; Planes, Trains and Automobiles; and Scent of a Woman.
I just happened to turn on this channel/film at the point where it shows April trying to find a neighbor’s stove to use for her turkey. And from the short part I saw, this was truly poetic! It was also a nice depiction of life in NYC…the close quarters in which some live, and with other people from all walks of life! Now I’m gonna have to try and watch this movie in its entirety some other time!
Broadway Danny Rose is another film that features Thanksgiving. Re: Pieces of April: excellently paced film, the film didn’t drag at all, we are continually learning more about several of the characters, and the diverse neighbors in April’s building.
‘Pieces of April’ was a moving film. As an older woman (50’s), I was able to view this from several vantage points and each character’s emotional dilemma was valid, painful, and thankfully, able to be soothed. Has made me mindful of maternal intricacies.
Three other Thanksgiving films are Hannah and Her Sisters, The Ice Storm (in which Holmes also appears), and Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. The best of these, and my favorite, is Hannah and Her Sisters. Although all three are good, Hannah and Her Sisters is arguably a masterpiece — on of Woody Allen’s very best films. Thanks for showing Pieces of April. I enjoyed it, and I think Patricia Clarkson’s performance is excellent.
The three Thznksgiving movies that come to mind are (1) Hannah and Her Sisters (mentioned by Jason), Avalon (who cut the toikey?), and most recently, The Blind Side. My favorite…Avalon. I haven’t seen it in a while but boy, wasn’t that a fabulous film. Never got through it with dry eyes.
Wonderful, funny, quirky and touching Thanksgiving movie.
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