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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
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 70%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"With minute facial movements, Ms. Onetto can signal feelings that run from rueful to sardonic, while remaining tantalizingly enigmatic."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"[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."
‑ Nora Lee Mandel, Film-Forward.com
"It's a modest journey, but a satisfying one."
‑ Mark Jenkins, NPR
"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."
‑ Alison Willmore, AV Club
"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."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"Will Maria leave Juan for Roberto? Like the rest of the movie, the answer is routine."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"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."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"So similar to the recent Queen to Play that one half-suspects that the two films' directors shared notes before going into production."
‑ Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
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