Friday, March 8, 7:30 pm
LCCC Film Society presents
2018 (R) 103 min. USA
Director: Marc Turtletaub
Cast: Kelly Macdonald, Irrfan Khan, David Denman
A DISCUSSION SESSION WILL FOLLOW THE FILM.
“Puzzle” is a closely observed portrait of Agnes, who reached her early 40’s 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 and sons, Agnes has found something she wants to do. Stepping out of her domestic bubble to pursue her new hobby, she 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 the road to a new understanding of herself and her strengths. With that understanding comes new insights and an assertiveness that finds herself 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.
“Kelly Macdonald makes all the pieces fit in the delicate drama ‘Puzzle’.” – Kenneth Turan, LOS ANGESLES TIMES
“’Puzzle’ touched me profoundly.” – Rex Reed, THE OBSERVER
“Intimate and heartfelt. Macdonald is simply luminous. Beautifully written. Beautifully directed. The actors are to die for. A great, great cast. I loved ‘Puzzle’. I say go.” – Pete Hammond, DEADLINE
“A quintessential crowd-pleaser.” – Jordan Raup, THE FILM STAGE
“Stunning. A near-perfect movie.” – Jordan Ruimy, THE PLAYLIST
“Like a bedtime cup of cocoa, ‘Puzzle’ has a soothing familiarity that quiets the mind and settles the spirit.” – Jeannette Catsoulis, THE NEW YORK TIMES