Pieces of April is about being the black sheep. It's a critique of family life.
The good. A sweet, yet starkly realistic, family story, sometime touching, often surprising, with a few laughs and oddity to soften the drama. A solidly paced scenario well rendered by the editing and the camera work. Soft music and score. Complex and very varied characters with nice depth. Hard hitting dialogs that reflect the harshness that sometime life can have. Great acting on the part of all the cast.
The actors. The most notables are definitively Katie Holmes, Oliver Platt, and Patricia Clarkson.
The bad. Nothing.
The ugly. Nothing.
The result. Not everyone will appreciate this film, but I still recommend it to those willing to see life for what it is.