The annual Thanksgiving viewing of Pieces of April is always a pleasure. Love everything about this one, and I always notice new things with each viewing. What a fantastic soundtrack.
We have a few annual movie watching traditions around our house. White Christmas and Holiday Inn at Christmas time, 2001 on HAL's birthday ( well, that's just me ) and Pieces of April at Thanksgiving ( Canadian Thanksgiving that is )
I'm often bamboozeled as to why a small picture like this works or not. Writing? Directing? Acting? Scoring? .. well Pieces of April is the perfect storm of each. A simple story that is humorous and touching without even closely resorting to melodrama or violins.
In Pieces of April, love is an underused back stairway. Everyone knows where its long flights and landings lead. But the fire escape is a quick, hardened route to the same location, and there's no one to pass on the way up or down. 's music makes similar decisions. His tunes are steeped in city-person cynicism and the recognition of melancholy as a means to an end. However, they're often laced with true-love pixie dust, and cause hangovers of the headily romantic variety. features ten electronics and guitar-tinged pop songs made by : four previously unreleased songs; "One April Day," written exclusively for the film; three from the 1999 opus ; and two from ' , with featured vocalists. It's pointedly brief (the entire album occurs in under 27 minutes), but showers each moment of with ridiculously perfect raindrops. The new "Stray With Me" extrapolates a happy relationship through better and worse, wedding cakes and wakes -- but its burbling bottom end and cut-up cello suggest the soundtrack to a dream sequence. lark "The Luckiest Guy on the Lower East Side" is the production number from a forgotten sad-sack musical, and in "As You Turn to Go," annunciates the classic line "I know you've had more loves than Mata Hari/But you know that you're the star of my life story" with an exquisitely rendered mixture of decadence and true longing. himself is so droll, he can make the resignation of "I Think I Need a New Heart" sound romantic. "I always say I love you when I mean turn out the light/And I say 'let's run away' when I just mean 'stay the night'" -- the song's chamber country bop just gives the jaded lyrics more sting. understands that in a crowded city (or an estranged family), love might be on an "as long as you're here" basis. But behind the emotional wounds, punk rock bangs, and spend-the-rent rebellion, everyone wants to believe in the same three words.