Dir. Kent Jones, 2018, United States, 96 min, DCP, color
With Mary Kay Place, Jake Lacy, Andrea Martin
Winner of three awards at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival: Best Narrative Feature, Best Screenplay, and Best Cinematography
For Diane, everyone else comes first. With little patience for self-pity, she spends her days checking in on sick friends, volunteering at her local soup kitchen, and trying valiantly to save her troubled, drug-addicted adult son from himself. But beneath her relentless routine of self-sacrifice, Diane is fighting a desperate internal battle, haunted by a past she can’t forget, which threatens to tear her increasingly chaotic world apart.
Built around an extraordinary, fearless performance from Mary Kay Place, this narrative debut from Kent Jones is a profound, beautifully human portrait of a woman rifling through the wreckage of her life in search of redemption.
Arnaud Desplechin says about the film “Diane is one of the most beautiful Americanas that I’ve seen in the past few years. The portrait of a woman utterly open to others, her mother, cousin, friend… she’s a pillar of society, living each day according to her duties as well as her joys. And yet, at the heart of the film is the secret of Diane that follows us to the end: one day she eloped with a committed man…”
A New York Times Critic’s Pick: “A vibrant tale of love, sisterhood, and decline. Mary Kay Place is astonishing.” — Jeannette Catsoulis