Pieces of April

2006-03-30 12:20

April Burns is the black sheep of her family, so much so that she has left the comfort of suburbia for a dingy tenement in Manhattan. To reconnect with her mother, Joy (Patricia Clarkson), and father, Jim (Oliver Platt), she invites them and her wisecracking brother (John Gallagher Jr.) and perfect sister (Alison Pill) for Thanksgiving dinner at her apartment.

Against their better judgment, the Burnses pile up in the family station wagon, pick up Grandma (Alice Drummond), and head to the big city from the safe confines of their stereotypical suburban home. But Joy is seriously ill, complicating the road trip; meanwhile, April's oven is broken, sending her off to her bizarre and wacky neighbours to try to borrow their kitchen.

What the critics are saying:

"A playful comedy laced with heartbreak."
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

"This film explores what low-budget films do best: the quirkiness of character, and slightly off-kilter comedy."
- Desson Thomson, Washington Post

"Hedges peppers it with enough wonderful moments that you can't help warming up to it."
- Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.Com

"Economically paced and emotionally satisfying, Pieces of April is a good example of what small independent movies can do."
- Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger

"This is one of those quietly wonderful films that really deserves an audience."
- Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper

A well written, well-acted little comedy that proves just how good independent film can be, given sensitive direction and the right story. Patricia Clarkson's superb performance earned her an Oscar nomination.

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