Directed by: Kent Jones
Written by: Kent Jones
Starring: Mary Kay Place, Jake Lacy, Deidre O’Connell, Andrea Martin, Estelle Parsons
When one gets to a certain age in life, every experience hits you in a different way and the interactions with others have a different weight to it. This particular story shows the heaviness of that weight and comes together by a tremendous and heartfelt performance by Mary Kay Place.
The titular character, Diane (Mary Kay Place) lives a life where she serves at a soup kitchen, has a tight-knit group of friends, and takes care of her cousin in the hospital. Her biggest obstacles come from her concerns with her drug-addicted son and the fact that at her age she must face the reality that her friends could die any day now. As things escalate in her life, she gains the opportunity to reflect on her life, her past decisions, and the status of the relationships in her life.
This film entirely serves as a character piece for Diane, the type of character that Hollywood does not typically highlight. She represents a woman that has lived her best years already and wants to reach the finish line of life. She has a son that she constantly needs to attend to because he might be dead the next day if she does not. Diane simply continues with the mundanity to enjoy the time she has left in this world. A harsh reality but brought together well by its lead actor.
Mary Kay Place delivers a spectacular performance in this role as her character needs to juggle so many issues just to have some sanity. The character offers her a very showy role with several loud scenes but Place has that calm demeanor that makes those loud moments truly stand out in the narrative. This role has its challenges because Diane must confront many different obstacles throughout the film. Not only confront her current issues, but also come to terms with the mistakes from her past reappearing in her life. Whether it be from an affair or the way she has treated others. It shows that even the nicest people have moments where they fail. These confrontations lead to Diane having to reconcile these mistakes and contemplate exactly what that means for her identity and the relationships she has with her family and friends.
Diane does not leave much to discuss beyond its obvious themes and ideas about aging. Certainly competent as a film but I found no aspect, besides the acting, to be extraordinary or too impressive. A good character piece boasted by a tremendous performance by its lead actor. Truly a human story and it will easy for it to connect with a wide breadth of individuals.