Puzzle, The Movie

My review September 19, 2018


Beware, there are several spoiler alerts in this review but for those that don't mind, here's some tidbit from the movie.

  • You will definitely enjoy it and chuckle, maybe even laugh a few times
  • Prepare yourself for 'NOT' a lot of competition scenes - the story does not focus so much on the competition as it does the young Lady's life and where she is at in her point in life
  • As a puzzler, I found myself looking at all the different puzzles that received the most exposure and focus
  • I'd say about less than 1/3 of the movie was jigsaw puzzle focused and the rest was on the characters relationships
  • There are many familiar brands but one I did not know of which was by Piczzle which (if you go to the link) is an online custom photo puzzles where you upload your own photo and make your own custom puzzle to buy
  • The first puzzle she receives as a birthday gift is a Piczzle so it could be a 'prop' as a puzzler informed me
  • I did see several Cobble Hill jigsaw puzzles that I recognized the images and they did work on a Cobble Hill puzzle together in one of the scenes
  • As the 2 characters worked a puzzle together in one scene, it was a Van Gogh image
  • The puzzle used on the Competition scene was a Trefle but I never saw the image before then
  • The acting is very good but not a lot of action
  • Overall rating I would give it an 8.5 most likely because of my passion for puzzles and the overall chic-flick storyline

Interview with Jody Desbiens 

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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