Puzzle  {Rompecabezas}
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Argentina, 2010, 87 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: France
Topics: Comedy, Drama, Latino, Woman Director, Women
Program: World Cinema Now
Language: Spanish English Sub-Titles

Having cooked, served and cleaned up after her own 50th birthday party, an Argentine housewife discovers among her gifts, a jigsaw puzzle of Nefertiti and spends the whole night piecing it together. Much to the bewilderment of her affectionate but oblivious husband and two grown sons, this sparks of an obsession. She discovers she has a real knack for jigsaws and ventures out of the safety of the suburbs into the heart of the city in search of more difficult puzzles, where she sees an ad for a tournament partner. An elderly bachelor millionaire is behind the ad and when they practice for the championship in Germany her raw talent hugely impresses him. Her time in his mansion is a revelation to her, particularly when she is actually waited upon by his maid.

First-time director Natalia Smirnoff presents this humorous but insightful look at a housewife quietly finding her passion and asserting her independence. Maria Onetto, whose mobile face takes her from mousy drudgery to radiant confidence with just a smile, provides a wonderfully nuanced performance as the housewife.

DIRECTOR: Natalia Smirnoff
Producer: Gabriel Pastore
Editor: Natacha Valerga
Screenwriter: Natalia Smirnoff
Cinematographer: Bárbara Álvarez
Music: Alejandro Franov
Principal Cast: María Onetto, Gabriel Goity, Arturo Goetz, Henny Trailes, Felipe Villanueva
Filmography: Debut Feature

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