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Puzzle (2018)

R | | Drama | 7 September 2018 (UK)
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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.


Marc Turtletaub


Polly Mann (screenplay by), Oren Moverman (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »





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 Helen Coxe ... Ezster (as Helen Piper Coxe)
Mandela Bellamy ... Grocery Clerk
Liv Hewson ... Nicki
Lori Hammel ... Fanny
Lawrence Arancio ... Train Conductor
Sebastian Chacon ... Puzzlemania Clerk
Barry Godin ... Father Kutash
Irrfan Khan ... Robert
Matthew Shifrin Matthew Shifrin ... Subway Singer
Myrna Cabello ... Maria


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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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Kelly MacDonald appeared in a supporting role in No Country for Old Man (2007) and Irrfan Khan appeared in a supporting role in Slumdog Millionaire (2008). Both these films won Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay at the Academy Awards in consecutive years. See more »


Agnes puts her remaining cake and plate on the dining room table when she gets out the her puzzle for the first time. When she takes the puzzle out of the box, the plate and cake are missing from the table. See more »


Agnes: I don't know why someone like you would find me interesting.
Robert: That's exactly why.
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Remake of Puzzle (2010) See more »


Ave Maria
Performed by Matthew Shifrin
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Kelly Macdonald shines in this drama played in a minor key
21 June 2018 | by Red-BarracudaSee all my reviews

This low-key drama has Kelly MacDonald as a timid housewife who goes through a form of self-discovery when she discovers she has a skill in completing jigsaw puzzles.

The main strength of this one is probably in the acting of MacDonald whose character is consistently a little bit strange, yet identifiable. The entire story is from her perspective so the drama does sort of hinge on her performance and it is very good. She is supported well by the others, with Irrfan Khan best as a fellow puzzle maker she hooks up with and develops feelings for. The film is essentially a family drama, with MacDonald as a taken-for-granted housewife who goes through the process of realising that her voice is never heard and building up the confidence to more fully be her own person. Unlike other films about people with unusual competitive skills such as Populaire (2012) (fast typing), there is next to no focus on the competitive nature of the puzzle building; so, there is sadly no montage sequence depicting MacDonald and Khan developing their puzzle-based friendship via a few set-backs, some jigsaw-based comedy antics and ultimately some top-level puzzle solving action. Its not that kind of a film. The puzzle aspect sits in the background and acts as a springboard for all the drama that surrounds it. A good film overall.

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Release Date:

7 September 2018 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Puzzle See more »

Filming Locations:

Yonkers, New York, USA See more »


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Opening Weekend USA:

$61,214, 29 July 2018

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2.35 : 1
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