Puzzle, The Movie

Movie: The Puzzle

Canadian Premiere

Sunday, June 24, 2018 

Oakville Film Festival

Ontario, Canada

Jodie Desbiens speaks for approximately 35 minutes discussing her jigsaw puzzle history and answering questions from the audience after she watched the movie.

Jodie Desbiens is no stranger to the media when it comes to jigsaw puzzles. She has been featured twice in the Windsor CBC News. In July 2013 she aimed for a world record and requested donations of jigsaw puzzles as she only had 325 puzzles completed at that time.

In March, 2016 she exceeded the current world record (at that time) and proceeded to research what criteria was required for qualification into the Guinness World Record - as reported in the Windsor CBC News. She shares that story in her 35 minute conversation during her interview at the Oakville Film Festival.

For Jodie's interview CLICK HERE

Jodie and I had a chat about her experience and the 'Royal Red Carpet' treatment she received. SPOILER ALERT some readers may feel the next section reveals too much of the movie! Please do not read it IF you prefer not to know anything more about it before you watch it.

I asked her, "on a scale of 1 to 10 and 10 being GREAT how would she rate the movie?" She replied "7/8 - it was very good but they could have went into the puzzle part a lot more.... and it leaves you hanging on what happened next.....they should have shown what happens next... also I wish I would have seen a lot more of the competition part of puzzling....."

Further to our conversation we touched on some points about how we agree that more people may do puzzles than those that play sports activities yet we are not out there like the sports perhaps because there are no big cash prizes or trophies with contests.


So that's our first 'live' review from the angle of a Puzzler who has actually seen the advance screening Premiere of The Puzzle. We expect many Puzzlers will be so excited and thrilled by the upcoming movie in theatres (sometime) near you!

The Puzzle, Trailer

The following Photo and movie details are credited to the Oakville Film Festival in Oakville Ontario Canada.

Sunday, June 24, 2018 at 6:30PM

Canadian Premiere
Agnes, taken for granted as a suburban mother, discovers a passion for solving jigsaw puzzles which unexpectedly draws her into a new world – where her life unfolds in ways she could never have imagined.

This screening will be preceded by a talk from renowned University of Toronto Professor, Marcel Danesi, who is an expert on the study of puzzles as highly beneficial to human’s physical and mental state. Professor Danesi will also be available to sign copies of his books which will also be available for purchase before the screening of Puzzle.

Film Details

  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: 14A
  • Runtime:
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2018
  • Director & Writer: Mark Turtletaub
  • Cast: Kelly Macdonald, Irrfan Khan, David Denman, Bubba Weiler

Professor Marcel Danesi Biography

Professor Marcel Danesi is a Professor of Semiotics and Linguistic Anthropology at the University of Toronto, and is the author of over 100 books, as well as an ongoing blog with Psychology Today. His works consider the semiotic and anthropological aspects of puzzles, emoji, popular culture, crime, and youth.

He is known for his work in language, communications, and semiotics; being Director of the Program in semiotics and communication theory He has also held positions at Rutgers University (1972), University of Rome “La Sapienza” (1988), the Catholic University of Milan (1990), and the University of Lugano. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Semiotica: Journal of the International Association for Semiotic Studies and is a past-president of the Semiotic Society of America.

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