#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – The film centers on a fortysomething suburban mother whose world is consumed with caring for the men in her family. When she discovers she has a gift for assembling puzzles, her world begins to open and her entire family is forced to adjust and grow as well.
Plot: After years of caring exclusively for the needs of her husband and children, Agnes, a devoted housewife living in a small town near New York, has found something she really enjoys doing: solving puzzles.
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Gotta love them independent movies. I try to go out and watch whatever I can with my Moviepass, and thought this looked like an interesting film. Kelly Macdonald is pretty underrated, having seen her and her acting talents o Boardwalk Empire. After watching the film, I thought it was simplistic, understated, but highlighted loneliness and what people do to seek out comfort from others.
The film follows Agnes who is a bored housewife. Her relationship isn’t exactly stimulating and she is seeking a challenge in her life to escape the mundane day to day she experiences. She stumbles across an ad from a man seeking a puzzle partner for a competition. When she meets him she reinvigorates her love for solving puzzles and also starts to bond and fall for her competition partner. This of course, causes waves in her relationship with her family and she must seek a way to balance both.
The film can feel slow and uneventful for many people, I get it. It is definitely one where there is a lack of events, but the heart of the film is really in the portrayal of Agnes. She is somewhat subservient to the whims of her husband at first but then finds her voice and truly goes for what she wants. Its a depiction of loneliness, which is so common for most of us and the amazing moment where we think we find something new to do to occupy our lives.
The chemistry between Irfan Khan and Kelly Macdonald is good and I think that’s what gets you to stay invested in the film. You would think that a film about two people putting puzzles together would be boring, on the contrary I found it simple and rather enjoyable. Its not something to write home about (despite me writing about it now) but its something you could see if you ever felt bored and needed something to pass the time. Much like the leads in this film.
Outstanding mid-life crisis drama (from the female perspective)
“Puzzle” (2018 release; 103 min.) brings the story of Agnes. As the movie opens, we see Agnes preparing the house (somewhere in Connecticut) for a birthday party, where she tends to the guests and it’s only at the end of the evening that we realize it her OWN birthday. One of the birthday gifts is a 1000 piece puzzle. We get to know her family: husband Louie, a gruff guy who means well, and her two sons, Ziggy (who works in the car shop owned by Louie) and Gabe, who is getting ready to apply for college. Agnes, much to her surprise, is very good at doing the puzzle. So much so indeed, that she decides to go into the city to buy more. At the Puzzle Mania store, she sees a listing from a puzzle expert looking for a puzzle partner…. At this point we’re 10 min. into the movie but to tell you more of the plot would spoil your viewing experience, you’ll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.
Couple of comments: this is the Hollywood remake of the Argentine film of the same name of some years ago. (I haven’t seen the Argentine original.) The movie is directed by Marc Turtletaub, who is better known as the erstwhile CEO of The Money Store, and later as a movie producer (such as “Little Miss Sunshine”). Here, he looks at a married woman who realizes that not all is right in her world, even though on the surface all looks fine. If you have seen the movie’s trailer, you might think that the movie is about solving puzzles and perhaps finding romance along the way, and there certainly is some of that. But what you can’t pick up from the trailer, and yet is the real focus of the film, is the psychological study of this seemingly very ordinary woman. At some point Louie demands “you have to tell me everything!”, upon which Agnes replies “I don’t have to tell you anything!”, a rel watershed moment, and later she tells him “I am not your servant, and you don’t own me.” What makes this all the more affecting is the brilliant (and nuanced) performance by Scottish actress Kelly Macdonald (“Trainspotting”, “No Country For Old Men”). But wait! there is more! In addition to Agnes, the movie also examines the struggles of Ziggy, who is stuck working for his ol’ man and really wants to go to culinary school. Last but certainly not least, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the beautiful orchestral score, courtesy of composer Dustin O’Halloran.
“Puzzle” premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival to positive acclaim, and it finally opened this weekend at my local art-house theater here in Cincinnati. The Saturday early evening screening where I saw this at was attended nicely, I am happy to say. If you are in the mood for character study of a struggling housewife that will affect in more than one way, I’d readily suggest you check this out, be it in the theater, on VOD, or eventually on DVD/Blu-ray.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 43 min (103 min)
Director Marc Turtletaub
Writer Polly Mann, Oren Moverman, Natalia Smirnoff
Actors Kelly Macdonald, Irrfan Khan, David Denman
Country United States
Awards 2 wins & 2 nominations
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Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Leitz SUMMICRON-C lenses
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