Pieces of April
PIECES OF APRIL (12)
D: Peter Hedges
United Artists (Gary Winick)
W: Peter Hedges
DP: Tami Reiker
Ed: Mark Livolsi
Mus: Stephin Merritt
Katie Holmes (April Burns), Derek Luke (Bobby), Oliver Platt (Jim Burns), Patricia Clarkson (Joy Burns), Alison Pill (Beth Burns), John Gallagher, Jr. (Timmy Burns)
Katie Holmes plays April, the rebellious black sheep of the Burns family who plans for a Thanksgiving reunion as her distant parents and siblings make the long drive from suburbia to the slummy side of New York.
This low-key independent film, released in 2003, is reminiscent of similarly toned films released a decade earlier. There isn't much meat to the story, as April panics over getting her turkey cooked and there's a subplot involving April's cancer-suffering mother, but it really is a postage stamp plot. Despite that, good performances make it watchable, especially Patricia Clarkson, whilst Katie Holmes delivers her best performance in a feature film.
At a mere 81 minutes, it does tick over quite nicely.