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Pieces of April

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Original title
Pieces of April
Running time
80 min.
United States United States
Peter Hedges
Stephin Merritt
Tami Reiker
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IFC Productions / InDigEnt (Independent Digital Entertainment) / Kalkaska Productions. Distributed by UA
Comedy. Drama | Thanksgiving. Independent Film (US). Family Relationships
Synopsis / Plot
April Burns (Katie Holmes) has never been on good terms with her mother, Joy (Patricia Clarkson), but in a burst of goodwill she's volunteered to host her family for Thanksgiving at the Lower East Side apartment she shares with her boyfriend, Bobby (Derek Luke). As if preparing a holiday feast isn't pressure enough, she discovers her oven is broken and has to search her building for one that works, making appeals to an eclectic array of neighbors. Meanwhile, the Burns family is speeding down the highway towards New York while recounting April's failures. April's father, Jim (Oliver Platt), is determined to have a nice day, but Joy persists in undermining his plans. While perfect daughter Beth (Alison Pill) reminds everyone of her sister's faults and Grandma Dottie (Alice Drummond) can barely remember anyone's name, youngest child Timmy (John Gallagher, Jr.) dodges emotional bullets by photographing every awkward moment.
2003: Nominated for Oscar: Best Supporting Actress (Patricia Clarkson)
2003: Nominated for Golden Globe: Best Supporting Actress (Patricia Clarkson)
2003: National Board of Review: 2 Awards: Best Supporting Actress, Special Recognition
2003: Sundance Film Festival: Jury Special Prize (Patricia Clarkson). Official Selection
2003: Nominated for Critics' Choice Awards: Best Supporting Actress (Clarkson)
2003: Chicago Film Critics Association: Best Supporting Actress (Clarkson)
2003: Independent Spirit Awards: 3 Nominations incl. Best Supp. Actress (Clarkson)
2003: Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG): Nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Clarkson)
2004: British Independent Film Awards (BIFA): Nom. for Best International Ind. Film
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