Have you ever tried to solve a 100 piece puzzle and failed miserably? It’s like you almost have it until those very last pieces started bending out of shape. Now you’re sitting there in frustration, trying to jam those pieces in but they simply won’t fit? That’s the story of Puzzle’s central character Anna.
Anna (Kelly Macdonald) is the bent out of shape piece in the puzzle called a typical American family. Her monotonous homemaker lifestyle has forced her to put her desires on the back burner for the sake of her family. In an attempt to please her husband (David Denman) and her teenage children, Anna is constantly seen masking her emotions and desires until she bumps into Robert (Irrfan Khan) who shares her interest in puzzling. Through Robert, Anna discovers a whole new world and Robert discovers himself.
Puzzle is a movie that proceeds at its own pace, one with quiet moments that add up to so much more. It is simple warm human drama by an ensemble cast that aptly fits together like pieces of a puzzle. Kelly Macdonald and Irrfan Khan essay their characters with ease giving the audience a smooth connection.
The film is a must-watch for those who enjoy cinema with a meaning. Urban Asian gives this film a 4.5 out of 5.