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  • Summary: Maria del Carmen is a forty-something housewife whose only concern over the past twenty years has been the well-being of her husband and of her now grown-up kids. But when she is offered a puzzle for her birthday, she suddenly discovers she has a very special gift: she can assemble puzzles really fast! Intrigued by an ad “Looking for Partner for Puzzle Competitions” in her local store, she decides to live her new addiction fully, no matter how unsupportive her family is. Together with the author of the ad, a magnetic millionaire bachelor, she trains to the rules of the game, even if it means lying to her husband… Maria is determined to take things to a new level: she dreams of winning the national tournament and traveling to Germany for the World Puzzle Championship. (IFC Films) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    May 28, 2011
    83
    It's the kind of movie that creeps up on you, and this is due almost entirely to its lead actress, María Onetto, who looks as though she actually could solve one of those 8,000-piece puzzles.
  2. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    May 26, 2011
    75
    Though the film reaches a seemingly artificial either/or scenario with regard to the competitive puzzling, its conclusion is pleasing and not at all pat, a portrait of a woman who's learned she deserves to keep some things for herself.
  3. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    May 25, 2011
    70
    The self-esteem booster shot provided by the sudden discovery of a prodigious talent is conveyed in a shy, self-surprised amusement by Onetto, accompanied by the slightest loosening of the joints.
  4. Reviewed by: Matthew Nestel
    Jun 3, 2011
    70
    Abolishing obvious innuendo and employing a deft handling of script and character, the film has all the fixings to play like a sleeper in arthouses.
  5. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    May 25, 2011
    60
    There's too much coyness about the implicit romance across the table; several other tensions concerning female independence go mostly unexplored. But the film's quiet focus on a woman's anxiety is not unwelcome.
  6. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    Jun 1, 2011
    60
    Puzzle has some gentle fun with the clash of staid and hip.
  7. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    May 27, 2011
    50
    If the plot of the Argentine soaper Puzzle seems familiar, that's because it's nearly identical to the story in the French movie "Queen To Play."

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