Puz­zle

Empire (UK) - - ON SCREEN - Dj

★★★★ OUT now / CERT 15 / 103 mins

DI­REC­TOR Marc Turtle­taub

CAST Kelly Mac­don­ald, ir­rfan Khan, David Den­man, Bubba Weiler, Austin Abrams

AF­TER DRUDGERY-NUMBED mum Agnes (Mac­don­ald) dis­cov­ers she has a tal­ent for jig­saw puz­zles, she de­cides to en­ter a com­pet­i­tive puz­zling event, and her world is sud­denly opened up to ex­cit­ing new pos­si­bil­i­ties and ideas. A re­make of 2010 Ar­gen­tinian film Rom­pecabezas, this avoids cliché and train­ing mon­tages, and is nei­ther a snick­er­ing un­veil­ing of a nerdy sub­cul­ture, nor a sports movie in dis­guise. Al­ways putting char­ac­ter ahead of plot, it’s an ab­sorb­ing, un­melo­dra­matic drama that’s in­fused with a wry sense of hu­mour, bring­ing to mind the work of Alexan­der payne. And Kelly Mac­don­ald is su­perb.

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