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Kelly Macdonald is Agnes, a housewife who lives a conventional and unadventurous life. Each day, she does exactly the same thing – shopping, laundry, feeding her husband Louie (David Denman) and two grown children. Her life changes on her birthday when she receives a puzzle; to her amazement, she enjoys putting the puzzle together and realizes she is very good at it. She answers an ad from Robert (Irfan Khan) for a puzzle building team member. I liked this movie MUCH more than I expected. I was first captivated by the great choices of music, which matches the mood of the film very closely. The acting by all is very good, especially MacDonald, Khan, and Denman. Khan and Macdonald have wonderful chemistry; I loved the devilishness of Khan’s character matched with the traditional and formality of Macdonald’s. There is wonderful character development, and the story flows so smoothly and is told so well. Thumbs up for a film that doesn’t “feel” terribly deep but tells a very rich, interesting, and satisfying story. Who knew that there was such a thing as puzzle-building competitions? This film also reminded me of another movie with a wonderful story starring Khan, The Lunchbox (2013).

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