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.
Rated R for language