New from A Reel of One’s Own by Andrea Thompson: Diane Movie Review: Quiet portrait of selflessness under strain

By Andrea Thompson

Diane is a character study of a woman whose selflessness just seems too good to be true. The title character, played with the most astounding kind of quiet power by Mary Kay Place, spends her entire life taking care of others: cousin Donna (who spends all her time in the hospital slowly succumbing to cancer), various elderly couples and visitors to a soup kitchen (where her friends also help out). As if this weren’t enough, she is also engaged in a constant, futile battle to save her drug-addict son Brian (Jake Lacy) from himself.

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