Kelly Mac Donald shines in director Marc Tartletaub’s Puzzle. Mac Donald
plays fortysomething mother Agnes who has led a sheltered life after living
with her widowed father.
After her father dies Agnes continues to live in the family home with her
husband (David Denman) and two sons (Austin Abrams and Bubba Weller).
Her day consists mostly of attending church meetings and preparing meals
for her husband and two boys.
After receiving a jigsaw puzzle as a present and finding that she has a
talent for quickly building the puzzle, Agnes makes a rare journey into New
York where in a puzzle store she finds an advert for a person that’s
looking for a puzzle partner.
Reluctantly answering the advert she meets Robert (Irrfan Khan), a
reclusive inventor, who after having recently separated from his wife is
looking for a partner so that he can enter in an upcoming jigsaw
Agnes, keeping it a secret from her family, agrees to be his partner and as
the two puzzle partners become closer and closer Agnes begins to have
doubts about her own life and starts to wonder if there is more to life
than just looking after her husband and sons’ needs.
Puzzle is a simple story that is lifted above the ordinary by the
charismatic and effortless performances’ of MacDonald and Khan. Mac Donald
in particular shines in a role that shows that she is one of the most
underrated actresses in cinema today.