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DIANE

U.S. Kent Jones, director

Phyllis Dreazen | 10/16/2018, noon
Critic-turned-filmmaker Kent Jones' feature debut is a portrait of a woman who tries to atone for something in her past ...

Critic-turned-filmmaker Kent Jones' feature debut is a portrait of a woman who tries to atone for something in her past by doing good deeds for others and trying to turn her adult druggie son's life around. It's a tour de force role for Mary Kay Place; she nails and honors it. The film begins in a bleak Western Mass. winter. That the roads are full of snow doesn't stop Diane from delivering casseroles, shopping for friends, making hospital visits, or volunteering at a soup kitchen. In between are scenes with her best friend where she lets her hair down and others where she and other family members and friends —all of them 70ish— are comfortably interacting with each other. Life is a many layered complication, but it is dotted with small pleasures and miracles that make it worthwhile.