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Diane (Mary Kay Place) always gives too much of herself. She helps friends and does volunteer work in every possible way, and devotes much of her life to trying to guide her drug-addicted son (Jake Lacy) to a more stable life. Yet all Diane’s efforts are the work of a woman just trying to stay afloat, and her constant motion hides a smoldering core of memories and regrets that she would prefer not to face.
With a stunning performance from Mary Kay Place, Diane is a journey through a generous, tough, and haunted life. The first film from Kent Jones defies all expectations as it sets up a tender character study that evolves into a spiritually profound portrait of a woman desperately searching for redemption.
- Mary Kay Place
- Jake Lacy
- Estelle Parsons
- Andrea Martin
- Deirdre O'Connell
- Glynnis O'Connor
- Joyce Van Patten
- Kerry Flanagan
- Phyllis Somerville
- Celia Keenan-Bolger
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There is a large age group that will relate in some way to it. It’s sobering. Not so much “sad” but inevitable. Worth going though compared to current in theatre first runs right now
No wonder that cinematic auteurs like Martin Scorsese and Oren Moverman produced Diane. It brings to mind films like Kenneth Lonergan’s You Can Count On Me, produced by Scorsese, or Moverman’s Time Out of Mind (which also dealt with memories, identity and the limits of human compassion). Jones may lack a little of the former’s humor or the latter’s visual artistry, but perhaps it’ll come later. The hard skills are all here.
The resulting film feels highly personal, tender yet unsentimental.
If the intimacy of small town existence is cherished here, there’s also an ominous sense of that same life being eroded and undermined.