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On her 50th birthday, an unassuming housewife (The Headless Woman's Maria Onetto) receives a present and discovers she's an ace at puzzles. Without telling anyone, she takes on a training partner and begins to compete. But her new passion quickly threatens her old life, and she must decide where her true self lies. -- (C) IFC
May 27, 2011 Limited
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It's both funny and touching that one of María's favorite puzzles is an enigmatic portrait of Nefertiti. With her own enigmatic allure, María is the queen of puzzlers.
Will Maria leave Juan for Roberto? Like the rest of the movie, the answer is routine.
With minute facial movements, Ms. Onetto can signal feelings that run from rueful to sardonic, while remaining tantalizingly enigmatic.
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.
Mustering all the thrills of watching your grandma ease that last jigsaw piece into place, this slender Argentine drama would have worked better as a short -- or, in a perfect world, as an interior novella.
[I]ntimately puts together pieces of a middle-aged woman's liberation into a charmingly fresh whole. . .[with] the burgeoning glow of the quietly expressive Onetto.
This utterly charming drama about a dutiful middle-class Argentinean mother and wife jolted out of her familial routine when bitten by the picture-puzzle bug is a triumph of execution over an unpromising logline.
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