Puzzle centers on Agnes (Kelly Macdonald), a housewife who has raised two children with her auto mechanic husband Louie (David Denman). When she receives a puzzle for her birthday, Agnes finds a completely new passion in what she believes has been a rather monotonous and predictable life. Irrfan Khan (The Lunchbox) co-stars as Robert, a Manhattan based inventor who becomes Agnes’ puzzle partner (they are practicing for an impending competition).
Marc Turtletaub, a prolific producer whose credits include Little Miss Sunshine and Loving, directs the narrative (The Messenger filmmaker Oren Moverman co-wrote the script) with a refreshing level of nuance and subtlety. In the video below, Macdonald and Denman discuss why a ton of rehearsal was not needed to capture the essence of Puzzle.
Puzzle opens in New York and Los Angeles on July 27.