Sunday, Nov. 4 at 4:30pm
Plaza Frontenac Cinema

In this nuanced psychological portrait of a 70-year-old widow with a compassionate bent, Diane (Mary Kay Place, “The Big Chill”) spends her life in rural Massachusetts helping the homeless, caring for her sick friends, and attempting to reconnect with her 30-year-old drug-addicted son (Jake Lacy). But as these pieces of her existence begin to fade, she finds herself confronting memories she’d sooner forget than face. Written and directed by film critic and programmer Kent Jones — head of the New York Film Festival — “Diane” is his narrative debut after a string of excellent documentaries (“Hitchcock/Truffaut,” “A Letter to Elia”), often done in collaboration with Martin Scorsese, who serves as executive producer here. The film also stars Andrea Martin and Oscar® winner Estelle Parsons. Variety writes: “‘Diane’ is anecdotal in form, but it’s a true journey, all built around Mary Kay Place’s remarkable performance…. Place’s performance has a forlorn gravity, but it’s also full of spirit and pluck, and an anger you don’t want to get in the way of. At times, she may remind you of Gena Rowlands.”

95 min.

Directed by

Kent Jones



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