★★★★ 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.