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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 12A
Cast
Katie Holmes
Patricia Clarkson
Derek Luke
Oliver Platt
Alison Pill
Sean Hayes
Directors
Peter Hedges
Screenwriters
Peter Hedges
Running Time
80 minutes

Pieces Of April
Compelling and affecting low-budget indie gem starring Katie Holmes and Patricia Clarkson.


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Plot
The black sheep of the family, April Burns, decides to host a Thanksgiving meal for her estranged family ù possibly their last as her mother Joy is desperately ill with cancer. But a broken oven and huge turkey mean that April has to seek out holiday spir


Verdict
Pieces Of April is a shining example of just how compelling and affecting low-budget filmmaking can be when you’ve got a good story and strong cast. Don’t let the American institution of Thanksgiving put you off watching the movie — family get-togethers are the same the world over, and this one is a pleasure to watch.


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