A Small, Quiet Film Triumphs

Mary Kay Place stars in “Diane”

Diane, the eponymous title character, who appears in every scene of documentary director Kent Jones’ first dramatic feature, helps people. Played with unsentimental sympathy by the singularly talented Mary Kay Place, 70ish Diane plays gin rummy with her cousin Donna (Deirdre O’Connell), who is dying of cervical cancer, brings a casserole to a friend with a sick husband and feeds poor people in a soup kitchen. Mostly, she tries to help her ungrateful, drug addicted son, Brian (Jake Lacy), bringing food and fresh laundry to his filthy, run-down house.   

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