Kelly Macdonald (Trainspotting, No Country for Old Men) stars as a suburban housewife who discovers an unexpected talent for solving jigsaw puzzles, leading her to partner with a competitive puzzle champion (Irrfan Khan, The Lunchbox) and unlock passions she had never before imagined.
Assembling a jigsaw puzzle is an activity most people do only when there is absolutely nothing better to do. In Marc Turtletaub's latest film, the jigsaw is the unlikely catalyst to a middle-aged woman's awakening to new passions in her colorless domestic world. The heroine, Agnes (Kelly Macdonald, Trainspotting, No Country for Old Men), is first seen performing all the chores in her Connecticut household, including preparing the meal, baking a cake, serving the guests, and doing all the dishes afterward for a birthday party that, we only realize later, was in her honor. One of the gifts, however, is a 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle, which, to her astonishment, she completes—twice—in just a few hours. Feeling the need to explore this latent talent, she spots an ad from a "puzzle champion" in need of a worthy partner. That's how Agnes meets Robert (Irrfan Khan, The Lunchbox), a recently divorced man who shares her temperament and gift for spatial relations. Although Agnes still loves her sweet-but-mostly-clueless husband (David Denman, "The Office"), she finds herself inexorably drawn to her fellow puzzle master. But how far will it go? Based on the 2009 Argentine film Rompecabezas, by Natalia Smirnoff, Puzzle manages to mine drama, emotion, and inspiration from the dullest of pastimes, proving that it's never too late to find the missing pieces in one's life.
Marc Turtletaub spent 20 years working for The Money Store, a company founded by his father Alan in 1967, before transitioning into film producing. In 2004 he teamed up with fellow producer Peter Saraf to form Big Beach Films. Known for lower budget comedy-dramas, they have produced over 20 films together, most notably the critical and box office success Little Miss Sunshine in 2006.
Sponsored by Sponsor-A-Film: Christopher Newell
- Director: Marc Turtletaub
- Principal Cast: Kelly Macdonald, Irrfan Khan, Liv Hewson, David Denman
- Premiere Status: Seattle
- Country: USA
- Year: 2018
- Running Time: 103 minutes
- Producer: Wren Arthur, Peter Saraf, Guy Stodel
- Screenplay: Oren Moverman, Natalia Smirnoff
- Cinematographers: Chris Norr
- Editors: Catherine Haight
- Music: Dustin O'Halloran
- Website: Official Film Website
- Filmography: Gods Behaving Badly (2013)
- Language: English
- Format: DCP
- US Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
- International Sales: Memento Films International