Pieces of Her (TV series)

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Pieces of Her
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Genre
Created byCharlotte Stoudt
Based onPieces of Her
by Karin Slaughter
Directed byMinkie Spiro
Starring
Music byDanny Bensi & Saunder Jurriaans
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes8
Production
Executive producers
Producers
  • Sharon Hoffman
  • Dan LeFranc
  • Toni Collette
  • Louisa Kors
  • Anne M. Uemura
CinematographyOle Birkeland
Editors
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time42–62 minutes
Production companies
DistributorNetflix
Release
Original networkNetflix
Original releaseMarch 4, 2022 (2022-03-04)

Pieces of Her is an American thriller drama streaming television series created by Charlotte Stoudt, based on the 2018 novel of the same name by Karin Slaughter, that premiered on Netflix on March 4, 2022.[1]

Between February 27, 2022 and April 3, 2022 the series was watched for 227,470,000 hours on Netflix globally according to Netflix top 10s.[2]

Premise[edit]

Pieces of Her follows the story of Andy, a 30-year-old woman who is caught in a deadly mass shooting at a local diner. Moments later, she witnesses her mother, Laura, violently eliminate the threat with ease. As Andy begins to unravel her mother's actions on that day, her perspective on their entire familial relationship takes a new turn. Soon, figures from her mother's past reappear, and she is forced to escape. On the journey, she attempts to find the truth that her mother buried long ago.[3]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Toni Collette as Laura Oliver, a speech pathologist and breast cancer survivor living in Belle Isle, Georgia who has a dark past. It is later revealed that her real name is Jane Queller.
  • Bella Heathcote as Andy Oliver, Laura's daughter who moved back to take care of her mother
  • Omari Hardwick as Gordon Oliver, Laura's ex-husband and Andy's stepfather
  • David Wenham as Jasper Queller, the current CEO of Quellcorp
  • Jessica Barden as Jane Queller, Laura's younger self in the late 1980s who was daughter of a powerful pharmaceutical CEO
  • Jacob Scipio as Michael Vargas, a U.S. Marshal
  • Joe Dempsie as young Nick Harp, Jane's former lover and the leader of a domestic terrorist group, Army of the Changing World from the late 1980s

Recurring[edit]

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

On February 5, 2019, it was announced that Netflix had given the production an 8-episode series order.[4] The series was created and executive produced by Lesli Linka Glatter, Charlotte Stoudt and Bruna Papandrea. Production companies involved with the series consist of Made Up Stories and Endeavor Content.[5][6][7] Stoudt is also credited as the writer and showrunner of the series, whilst Minkie Spiro directed all eight episodes.[8] The series premiered on March 4, 2022.[1]

Casting[edit]

In February 2020, Toni Collette and Bella Heathcote were cast in starring roles.[9][10] In May 2020, it was announced that David Wenham was cast in a starring role.[11] In January 2021, Jessica Barden, Joe Dempsie, Jacob Scipio, and Omari Hardwick joined the main cast.[12] In February 2021, Gil Birmingham, Terry O’Quinn and Calum Worthy joined the cast in recurring roles.[13] In April 2021, Nicholas Burton and Aaron Jeffery were cast in recurring capacities.[14]

Filming[edit]

Principal photography for the series was originally expected to begin on March 16, 2020 and conclude on July 17, 2020 in Burnaby, British Columbia.[15] Following an AU$21.58 million investment from the Australian Government, shared with the production of Spiderhead to boost the local economy during the COVID-19 pandemic, the production was lured to Sydney, Australia, where filming took place in early 2021.[16][17][18]

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1"Episode 1"Minkie SpiroTeleplay by : Charlotte StoudtMarch 4, 2022 (2022-03-04)
After a brief scene showing a young girl hiding inside of a run down wooden structure. In the present Andrea (Andy) and Laura Oliver have lunch at a diner for Andy's birthday. While they’re eating, Shelly and her mother approach their table to discuss her father's progress under Laura's speech therapy. An estranged young man shoots Shelly and her mother while Laura rushes to Andy, pulling her to the ground. He then shoots an elderly man who is trying to call the police. Mistaking Andy's 911 uniform for a police uniform, the shooter expects to commit suicide by cop, gets frustrated when Laura informs him she answers the phones for the police. Laura begs the shooter to shoot her rather than Andy, but before he can shoot Laura, she pushes the gun away, causing him to miss his last shot. He then pulls a knife and stabs Laura through her hand before she slits his throat with the knife still in her hand. As the EMTs arrive, Laura is afraid “he” is coming back, and asks Andy not to speak to the police. After having surgery in the hospital, Laura tries to get Andy to leave town and “grow up”, only meaning to get her safely away from her, knowing what was coming. A man is shown walking out of a large estate and is overheard saying “we’ve got a problem, it’s her” on the phone. After waking up in the middle of the night and packing a bag, Andy drops her phone in the garage, while looking for it a man peers through the window, after hearing glass shatter she follows him into the house where he is trying to suffocate Laura. Andy hits the man over the head, and a struggle for the gun ensues, before she hits him over the head again knocking him unconscious. She quickly cuts Laura free, before being instructed to go through his pockets while she pulls out a bag with money, a key card, and a phone. She tells Andy to take his car to a storage unit in Carrollton, GA where she has another car, which she should take to Camden, ME and to wait for her call. While rushing to find the attacker's car in the rain, she notices a rabbit's foot hanging from the rear view of a vehicle before finding the right truck and driving into the night.
2"Episode 2"Minkie SpiroAnna FishkoMarch 4, 2022 (2022-03-04)
After stopping at a gas station and buying supplies, the cashier notices the blood on her hand when handing her the change, she awkwardly rushes out to the truck, and washes the blood off while being overlooked by the cashier. Arriving in Carrollton Andy uses a library computer to look up directions to the Get-Em-Go and to Camden. On her way out she notices a hooded man peering into the window of the truck, she rushes out the rear fire exit and finds her way to the storage unit while the hooded man heads into the library. Once at the storage unit she find her mothers old wagon, with a gun in the glove box, some supplies in the hatch, and a suitcase of a large amount of cash with several fake IDs and a photo of her mothers youth that shows the cut that formed her mothers scar. Continuing her trip she checks into a small motel for the night. Meanwhile her mother reaches out to her ex husband, Gordon, for help, when he arrives she shows him the intruder tied up in a closet. Asking for his help to get them to the intruders meet point hoping to catch a glimpse at who he’s meeting. He reluctantly agrees, though along the way the attacker dies in the car. Gordon sends Laura home in a cab so he can bury the body alone. Racked by questions of her mothers past, Andy goes to a bar across the street where she confides in a stranger the feelings regarding her mothers secretes before asking to teach her to use the gun she found in the car, he reluctantly agrees. Meanwhile, her mother is desperate for a way to reach the man from her past who wants her dead, reaches out to the reporter in the news van outside her home, and agrees to an interview on the Today Show the next morning. After learning to shoot, Andy and the man walk to his truck together where she notices the same rabbit’s foot hanging, panicked, she heads to the motel room, continually checking over her shoulder only to see him watching her the whole way, once inside she quickly reloads the handgun, unsure of what’s next.
3"Episode 3"Minkie SpiroSharon HoffmanMarch 4, 2022 (2022-03-04)
4"Episode 4"Minkie SpiroDan LeFrancMarch 4, 2022 (2022-03-04)
5"Episode 5"Minkie SpiroJerome Hairston & Sharon HoffmanMarch 4, 2022 (2022-03-04)
6"Episode 6"Minkie SpiroAnna Fishko & Dan LeFrancMarch 4, 2022 (2022-03-04)
7"Episode 7"Minkie SpiroMichelle Denise JacksonMarch 4, 2022 (2022-03-04)
8"Episode 8"Minkie SpiroCharlotte StoudtMarch 4, 2022 (2022-03-04)

Reception[edit]

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 50% approval rating with an average rating of 5.7/10, based on 34 critic reviews. The website's critics consensus reads, "While Toni Collette heroically tries to bring Pieces of Her together, this lumbering mystery is too bogged down by backstory to satisfyingly cohere."[19] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 52 out of 100 based on 18 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[20]

Angie Han writing for The Hollywood Reporter praised Collette's performance throughout the series as "fascinating to watch". Han also noted that the series eventually "loses steam" after the first three episodes, describing Heathcote's character as merely "a mechanism propelling the narrative forward" with little to no character development.[21]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ Otterson, Joe (February 5, 2019). "Netflix Orders 'Pieces of Her' Adaptation With Bruna Papandrea, Lesli Linka Glatter Producing". Variety. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
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  7. ^ Perez, Lexy (April 13, 2019). "Karin Slaughter Talks Netflix 'Pieces of Her' Adaptation, Tackling #MeToo in Writing". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 15, 2019.
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  9. ^ Andreeva, Nellie; Petski, Denise (February 3, 2020). "Toni Collette To Star In 'Pieces Of Her' Netflix Drama Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 3, 2020.
  10. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 26, 2020). "Bella Heathcote To Star In 'Pieces Of Her' Netflix Drama Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 26, 2020.
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  12. ^ Otterson, Joe (January 28, 2021). "Omari Hardwick, Jessica Barden, Joe Dempsie Among Five Cast in Netflix Series 'Pieces of Her'". Variety. Retrieved January 28, 2021.
  13. ^ Petski, Denise (February 5, 2021). "'Pieces Of Her': Gil Birmingham, Terry O'Quinn & Calum Worthy Join Netflix Series As Recurring". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 5, 2021.
  14. ^ Petski, Denise (April 2, 2021). "'Pieces Of Her': Nicholas Burton & Aaron Jeffery Join Netflix Thriller Series As Recurring". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 2, 2021.
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  19. ^ "Pieces of Her: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved July 31, 2022.
  20. ^ "Pieces of Her: Season 1". Metacritic. Fandom, Inc. Retrieved July 31, 2022.
  21. ^ Han, Angie (March 4, 2022). "Netflix's 'Pieces of Her': TV Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 11, 2022.

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