Puzzle is a closely observed portrait of Agnes, who has reached her early 40s 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 also being really good at it. After years of dedicating her life exclusively to the needs and wants of her husband and sons, Agnes has found something that she wants to do for herself.
Stepping out of her domestic bubble to pursue her new hobby, Agnes meets Robert, a wealthy, reclusive inventor who immediately recognises 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 on the road to a new understanding of herself and her strengths. With that understanding come new insights and a confidence and assertiveness that makes her rebel against the assumptions and routines that have defined her role in her family. Ultimately, Agnes will decide for herself what comes next.
“Turtletaub has crafted an unexpectedly moving portrait of strength and self-expression built around, of all things, a puzzle-solving competition.” - Lisa Trifone, Third Coast Review
“Stunning. A near-perfect movie.” - Jordan Ruimy, The Playlist