Diane

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  95 min.
Release Date:
April 26, 2019 - Toronto, Calgary, Montréal, Edmonton, Vancouver
April 29, 2019 - Victoria

Current rating: Rating: 3.50
based on 16 votes and 5 reviews
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Cast: Mary Kay Place, Jake Lacy, Andrea Martin, Estelle Parsons, Deirdre O'Connell, Joyce Van Patten, Phyllis Somerville, Glynnis O'Connor, Paul McIsaac

Synopsis

Diane (Mary Kay Place) puts the needs of everyone around her first. She spends hours at the side of her terminally ill cousin Donna (Deirdre O'Connell) in the hospital, she volunteers at her local soup kitchen, she drops in on elderly friends and tries to save her troubled, drug-addicted adult son Brian (Jake Lacy) from himself, bringing groceries and clean laundry to his apartment.

But beneath her relentless routine of self-sacrifice, Diane is fighting a desperate internal battle, haunted by a past she can't forget and which threatens to tear her increasingly chaotic world apart.

Director: Kent Jones
Studio: MK2 | Mile End
Producer(s): Caroline Kaplan, Luca Borghese, Oren Moverman, Ben Howe
Screenplay: Kent Jones

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  • 5 stars "I knew nothing of this film beforehand. No trailers, no reviews, no history, no list of actors, etc. I often find that this is the best way to REALLY experience a film. There is nothing 'Hollywood' about this one. It captured me from the first moment and held me within its story for the duration. It also helped that I recognized none of the actors (with the exception of Andrea Martin, of course) so I was able to experience the characters rather than the performers. I found myself mesmerized and deeply touched throughout. It was like a good book in the sense that although the story was difficult, I was actually sorry to see it come to an end."
  • 4 stars "Great movie , very good acting , brings up profound truths on the human condition , so realistic ! Diane is a determined atheist with a lot of love to give , but she is hard on herself . How Without Faith , Despair grabs the best people . All themes are there : family commitment , friend' support , love in action , loneliness , death , freedom to reject religion ... I wish the movie to be more emotional , not the cold accurate picture of a strong woman , but a warm story to make us feel for her and shed tears at the end ! To balance Joy and Sadness , so it would look less depressing ..."
  • 2 stars "Depressing, sad, with little in the way of redemption or hope. Good acting, slow and sad story."