Puzzle

Puzzle

DVD - 2018
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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.
Publisher: Culver City, California : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [2018]
Edition: Widescreen version.
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE DRAMA PUZZLE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 103 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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anonymouswe
Jan 18, 2019

Other than being slow, this is a well acted, beautifully told story. Unfortunately, it is a horrible story in a tired and exhausted genre: [SPOILER ALERT] the movie about the housewife who never speaks up about what she wants, despite a husband who ultimately seems willing to compromise, and instead of simply speaking up about what she wants, she decided to have an adulterous affair with literally the first man who shares an interest of hers. Agnes is a woman who is not happy. When she realizes how bad their finances are, she tells her husband they should probably sell the land on the lake they own (her husband's beloved vacation spot) so they can afford to support their sons' college. Her husband commits the horrible crime of deciding that's a great idea - and she's seething mad! She lies to her husband, and she stands up to him to defend her lies - but she can never tell him the truth about what she would rather do with her time. Agnes is the kind of lead character who is faced with a choice: a) tell her husband she likes puzzling, is really good at it and wants to spend a few days a week practicing for competitions OR b) lie about puzzling and have an adulterous affair instead. If you like movies about horribly selfish, deceitful and immoral main characters, this movie is for you! I for one, was turned off by it.

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LauraSteinert
Dec 24, 2018

It is easy to forget that many women in the US are still marginalized and hardly better off than women of the 1800s. The overbearing. patronizing husband, Agnes' cultural/family norms, and a spoiled, obnoxious younger son have worked together to stifle her life until she is barely alive. She knows what every second of her life will be until she is given a jigsaw puzzle for her birthday, and it awakens something she had completely buried to maintain her sanity. Although the ending of the movie is slightly disappointing, it opens the possibility of some great discussion of what it means, and the open-ended scene can start a dialogue on what few options some women really have.

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milirick
Dec 22, 2018

Very odd movie. Thought it would be more about a puzzle competition and not the puzzle of life, etc. It is a remake of a remake and although the acting is good it is still a very funky movie. Not disturbing or offensive in any way just the interactions and motivations of all the characters are not realistic, maybe just not realistic for North Americans. It was still worth seeing and maybe the title fits all the characters and plot of the movie.

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