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Agnes, taken for granted as a suburban mother, discovers a passion for solving jigsaw puzzles which unexpectedly draws her into a new world - where her life unfolds in ways she could never have imagined.

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Marc Turtletaub

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kelly Macdonald ... Agnes
David Denman ... Louie
Daniel Stewart Sherman ... Ronnie (as Daniel Sherman)
Austin Abrams ... Gabe
Bubba Weiler ... Ziggy
Helen Coxe ... Eszter (as Helen Piper Coxe)
Mandela Bellamy ... Grocery Clerk
Liv Hewson ... Nicki
Lori Hammel ... Fanny
Lawrence Arancio Lawrence Arancio ... Train Conductor
Sebastian Chacon ... Puzzleman Clerk
Barry Godin ... Father Kutsah
Irrfan Khan ... Robert
Matthew Shifrin Matthew Shifrin ... Subway Singer
Myrna Cabello ... Maria
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Agnes, taken for granted as a suburban mother, discovers a passion for solving jigsaw puzzles which unexpectedly draws her into a new world - where her life unfolds in ways she could never have imagined.

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English

Release Date:

7 September 2018 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

O Quebra-Cabeça See more »

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Yonkers, New York, USA See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$61,214, 29 July 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,029,674, 15 November 2018
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In the birthday cake scene, when Agnes is putting the candles in the cake she's putting them near the edge of the cake. When the cake is presented with the candles lit, they're in a smaller circle closer to the centre of the cake. See more »

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Louie: She's using you. Everybody always uses you and you let 'em.
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Remake of Puzzle (2009) See more »

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One of the year's best dramas with a memorable heroine.
20 August 2018 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

"When you complete a puzzle, you know that you have made all of the right choices." Robert (Irrfan Khan)

Puzzle's metaphor is easy enough: Middle-aged Agnes (Kelly Macdonald) needs to fit the pieces of her life together to become fulfilled. However, this small, lovely, poignant drama/ romance reveals that solving a 1000 piece puzzle is a piece of cake next to the puzzle of one's life.

Agnes is chief cook and bottle washer and everything else for the three men in her life: husband, garage mechanic Louie (David Denman) and sons Gabe (Austin Abrams) and Ziggy (Bubba Weller). This demure, loving Catholic lady doesn't yet know how much she needs change, symbolized by the puzzle she speeds through, a birthday gift at her own party, which she organized and decorated. One of the film's revelations is that the party is for herself, not someone else.

As change agent, the puzzle reveals her exceptional talent and mind that puts the pieces together at warp speed. Also, she discovers a love for her sleepy-eyed competition partner, Robert. The film's minimalism shows this emotion not through grand moments but little ones that lead to a slow recognition that the pieces of love fit nicely, thank you, on an emotional level. On the sexual side, the understating Agnes tells her husband that the onetime Robert and she had sex, "It wasn't great, but not bad either."

In this fine example of incremental exposition, the puzzling parts of life such as with her husband show him to be caring and simple but ultimately not enough for Agnes's burgeoning intellect and emotions. Humanity is the name of the real game here, and Agnes is now ready for a ride as she takes the train to a long desired place that's on the train line and in her heart.


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