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‘Pieces of a Woman’: when is it on Netflix, who wrote the score and can you buy the soundtrack?

Everything you need to know about Howard Shore's stunning soundtrack to Pieces of a Woman, the Netflix film starring Vanessa Kirby and Shia LaBeouf, and executive produced by Martin Scorsese

Pieces of a Woman on Netflix starring Vanessa Kirby and Shia LaBeouf

The music featured in the 2020 film Pieces of a Woman is written by Howard Shore, the Canadian composer also behind the iconic scores to The Lord of the Rings film franchise, as well as film such as The Silence of the Lambs and Spotlight.


Howard Shore is predicted to be nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Score at the 2021 Academy Awards. He has been nominated in this category three times before, once for Hugo in 2021 (another film with Scorsese), and again for two Lord of the Rings films: The Fellowship of the Ring and The Return of the King, both of which he won. The 2021 Academy Awards nominations will be announced on 25 April 2021.

Pieces of a Woman tells the tragic story of a Boston couple – played by Vanessa Kirby and Shia LaBeouf – whose experience of home birth ends in disaster. The film follows the next year in the life of the couple, with Martha (Vanessa Kirby) struggling to navigate her grief and relationship with her husband and overbearing mother. She also has to face the midwife in a legal battle in court.

Howard Shore’s soundtrack matches the delicate, moving atmosphere of the film, playing a particularly crucial role in scenes such as the 24-minute opening birth sequence, shot in a single take. As the film progresses, the score becomes more invasive and spiky.

Can you buy the soundtrack to Pieces of a Woman on Netflix?

The soundtrack to Pieces of a Woman is available to buy from the following outlets:

Where can you stream the soundtrack to Pieces of a Woman online?

Howard Shore’s score for Pieces of a Woman is available to stream on Spotify and Apple Music.

When will Pieces of a Woman be available on Netflix?

Pieces of a Woman will be available to watch on Netflix from 7 January 2021. Sign up to Netflix now from £5.99 per month.

Will Pieces of a Woman be screened in cinemas?

It is hoped that Pieces of a Woman will have a theatre release from 30 December 2020, the details of which will be announced in due course.

Watch the trailer for Netflix’s Pieces of a Woman


You can watch Pieces of a Woman on Netflix from 7 January 2021. Sign up to Netflix now from £5.99 per month.