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Kent Jones, primarily known as a film critic, clearly understands what makes a good story and how best to tell it. There's not a false note in the movie, a point where you might think: "oh, no one actually would say that."
Jones is less interested in narrative than he is in mood and tone. Many of the scenes in "Diane" are set-pieces, all featuring Diane doing her daily rounds... And in all this, actress Place is perfect.
The film is an empathetic look at a character who is trying to stay strong for everyone around her, but as the film progresses, we see a Diane with tired eyes and a demeanour drained of that matriarchal strength.
Yes to everything about Place, whose performance is wonderfully specific. Her face, away from other characters' eyes, collapses into a semaphore of disappointment, with a down-turned mouth, and a far-away stare.
Mary Kay Place offers a performance of modest yet immodest grandeur, one that is measured yet oh-so-effortless, at the heart of Diane. Her emotional breadth in the narrative directorial debut of Kent Jones is essential.