Puzzle (image 1)

Delicate... a low-key charmer for audiences open to its honest subtleties, boosted in no small part by Maria Onetto's beautifully modulated performance.

Jay Weissberg, Variety

Screened as part of NZIFF 2010

Puzzle 2009

Rompecabezas

Directed by Natalia Smirnoff

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 in her remarkable newfound skill with giant jigsaw puzzles.

In Spanish with English subtitles
88 minutes

Director, Screenplay

Producers

Gabriel Pastore
,
Caroline Dhainaut
,
Luis Sartor
,
Natalia Smirnoff

Photography

Barbara Alvarez

Editor

Natacha Valerga

Production designer

Maria Eugenia Sueiro

Costume designer

Julio Suarez

Music

Alejandro Franov

With

Maria Onetto (Maria del Carmen)
,
Gabriel Goity (Juan)
,
Arturo Goetz (Roberto)
,
Henny Trailes (Carlotta)
,
Felipe Villanueva (Juan Pablo)
,
Julian Doregger (Iván)
,
Nora Zinsky (Raquel)
,
Marcela Guerty (Susana)
,
Mirta Wons (Graciela)
,
Mercedes Fraile (Carmen)
,
Denise Groesman (Victoria)
,
Jimena Ruiz Echazu (Carla)
,
Pacho Guerty (Pedro)
,
Nestor Caniglia (Ricardo)

Festivals

Berlin 2010

Elsewhere

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