Puzzle

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1hr 43mins // directed by:Marc Turtletaub // featuring:Kelly Macdonald, Irrfan Khan, David Denman // CC, AD, Assisted Listening // DCP

Kelly Macdonald and Irrfan Khan star in Marc Turtletaub's remake of the 2010 Argentine drama.

Puzzle is a closely observed portrait of Agnes, who has reached her early 40s without ever venturing far from home, family or the tight-knit immigrant community in which she was raised by her widowed father. That begins to change in a quietly dramatic fashion when Agnes receives a jigsaw puzzle as a birthday gift and experiences the heady thrill of not only doing something she enjoys, but being very, very good at it.

After years of concerning herself exclusively with the needs and wants of her husband Louie and sons Ziggy and Gabe, Agnes has found something that she wants to do. Stepping out of her domestic bubble to pursue her new hobby, Agnes meets Robert, a wealthy, reclusive inventor who immediately recognizes her talent and recruits her as his partner for an upcoming world jigsaw tournament. Each day she spends out in the world, puzzling and conversing with Robert, takes Agnes further along on the road to a new understanding of herself and her strengths. With that understanding come new insights and an assertiveness that finds her speaking out on her own behalf and pushing back against the assumptions and routines that have until now defined her role in her family. Ultimately, Agnes will decide for herself what comes next.

"Macdonald... refuses to let Agnes be an easy avatar for midlife longing and suburban discontent. With her fierce, strange energy at the center, the film builds quietly toward its own small revelations, piece by piece." — Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly

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"Like its protagonist, Puzzle finds itself as it goes along, and Agnes becomes a truly interesting person to root for." — Emily Yoshida, Vulture

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"Moverman's script, based on the Argentinian film Rompecabezas by Natalia Smirnoff, is graceful with the details and its characters." — Kate Erbland, indieWire

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