Screened as part of NZIFF 2010
This astutely observed, wryly gracious little film tells the tale of a 50-year-old wife and mother who discovers richly deserved respite from domestic routine (and her blithely affectionate husband and sons) in her remarkable skill with giant jigsaw puzzles. There’s no shopping-channel boosterism here, just warmth, generosity and quiet worldly wisdom. — BG.
“A sweet little Argentine film illuminated by an engaging performance by protagonist Maria Onetto, Natalia Smirnoff’s directing debut describes the self-liberation of an exploited housewife… Ably balanced between humor and household drama, the light-handed directing is just right… Smirnoff… has written a sophisticated script that doesn’t try to vilify Maria’s family; in fact, her husband appears very loving and has his own small, humorous encounters with Tai Chi and tree-hugging… Ultimately everyone wins in this gentle fable.” — Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter