“Puzzle”: Fitting Together the Pieces of a Life in Transition




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 being very, very good at it.

After years of concerning herself exclusively with the needs and wants of her husband Louie and sons Ziggy and Gabe, Agnes has found something that she wants to do. Stepping out of her domestic bubble to pursue her new hobby, Agnes 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 on the road to a new understanding of herself and her strengths. With that understanding come new insights and an assertiveness that finds her 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.

The opening scene of the new domestic drama “Puzzle” seems to take place in a bygone era. Come to find out it is present day. The woman we see behaves as if from a time past.

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“Puzzle”: Fitting Together the Pieces of a Life in Transition
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    Acting - 8/10
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    Cinematography - 7/10
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    Plot/Screenplay - 7/10
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    Setting/Theme - 6/10

“Puzzle”: Fitting Together the Pieces of a Life in Transition

Agnes embarks upon a journey of the soul. A reawakening of the spirit. The birth of renewed purpose.

And she’s finally having some darn fun.

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