Contributed Article – The 1891 Fredonia Opera House
FREDONIA – The next feature film in the Opera House Cinema Series is “Puzzle.” It will be screened on Sat., Sept. 15, and Tues., Sept. 18, at 7:30 p.m.
“Puzzle” is a closely observed portrait of Agnes (Kelly Macdonald), who has reached her early 40s without ever venturing far from home, family or the tight-knit immigrant community in which she was raised by her widowed father. That begins to change in a quietly dramatic fashion when Agnes receives a jigsaw puzzle as a birthday gift and experiences the heady thrill of not only doing something she enjoys, but being very, very good at it.
After years of concerning herself exclusively with the needs and wants of her husband Louie and sons Ziggy and Gabe, Agnes has found something that she wants to do. Stepping out of her domestic bubble to pursue her new hobby, Agnes meets Robert (Irrfan Khan), a wealthy, reclusive inventor who immediately recognizes her talent and recruits her as his partner for an upcoming world jigsaw tournament. Each day she spends out in the world puzzling and conversing with Robert takes Agnes further along on the road to a new understanding of herself and her strengths. With that understanding come new insights and an assertiveness that finds her speaking out on her own behalf and pushing back against the assumptions and routines that have until now defined her role in her family. Ultimately, Agnes will decide for herself what comes next.
Moira MacDonald, in the Seattle Times, calls the film “a low-key pleasure, with all its pieces fitting together nicely. “ Dan Jolin, in Empire Magazine, calls it “an astutely crafted character drama, featuring a superb central performance from Kelly Macdonald.” Bob Bloom, in the Lafayette Journal and Courier, calls it “a sweet story about learning where you fit in the world once you decide to look at all the pieces.” Rex Reed, in the New York Observer, says the movie “touched me profoundly.” Rated R for language, “Puzzle” runs one hour, 43 minutes.
The Opera House Cinema Series is sponsored by Lake Shore Savings Bank. Tickets are available at the door for $7 (adults), $6.50 (seniors & Opera House members) and $5 (students) the night of each screening. A book of 10 movie passes is available for $60 at the door or online at www.fredopera.org. Thanks to the generous support of an anonymous donor, the first 20 SUNY Fredonia students at each screening are admitted free. For more information, call the Opera House Box Office at 716-679-1891.
The Opera House is equipped with individualized closed captioning headsets for the deaf as well as with assistive listening headsets for the hearing-impaired. Simply request one from any usher or Opera House staff member.
The 1891 Fredonia Opera House is a member-supported not-for-profit performing arts center located in Village Hall in downtown Fredonia. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.fredopera.org.