I always be thankful for this film introducing me to indie cinema. I remember watching it with my mother and being aghast that a movie could end mid-thought. I was like, what the heck is this?? 'An independent movie' was her answer.
Charming piece of independent cinema that uses just the right amount of bitterness and sweetness, managing to evoke both compassion and the mockery on its main protagonists. It's all crowned with home made feel of film-making - being both cheap and classy through camerawork and adjusted cinematography - that nicely captures ugliness of bad neighborhood surroundings and the beauty of the late fall, thanksgiving season
Outside of the dysfunctional family that is relatively quite functional I applaud this film for showing an interracial relationship that is basically just a relationship, so many writers forget that part.
Katie Holmes proves that getting into the biz wasn't a total mistake with this film. Patricia Clarkson outshines her as the cancer ridden mother of this dysfunctional family, but it is the inclusion of all these characters and their relationships that makes Pieces of April work.