D. Marc Turtletaub | M | USA
‘Life is random, but when you finish a puzzle you know you’ve made all the right choices.’
From the producers of Little Miss Sunshine, PUZZLE stars Kelly MacDonald who offers a marvellously nuanced and understated performance as a housewife who discovers she has an unusual talent: the ability to finish jigsaw puzzles in record speed.
Agnes (Macdonald), who has reached her early 40s without ever venturing far from home, family, or her tight-knit immigrant community, begins to change in a quietly dramatic way when she receives a jigsaw puzzle as a birthday gift and experiences the heady thrill of not only doing something she enjoys, but being extremely good at it. Pursuing her new hobby, she meets Robert (Irrfan Kahn, The Lunchbox), a reclusive inventor who recognizes her talent and recruits her as his partner for an upcoming world jigsaw tournament. Each day takes her further along on the road to a new understanding of herself and her strengths.
With charming and funny honesty, Puzzle charts the awakening of a woman who achieves her potential after a lifetime of looking after others.
‘It’s the kind of mid-life crisis story that so rarely centers on a woman and Macdonald shines in the role, riveting even in the quietest of moments.’—Indiewire.
JMT & Screenwave
Thursday 22 August
Groups 10+ $10