A Boomer retiree watches life fade away.
“There’s no neat and magical line that separates ‘young’ and ‘old,’” said Owen Gleiberman in Variety.com. Kent Jones’ “tender, wrenching” new drama is aware of that truth “in a way that movies almost never are.” Mary Kay Place plays a widow of about 70 who we learn is not so different from the person she was at 25, though she now devotes most of her time to helping other people. Diane plays cards with her cancer-stricken cousin, issues tough love to her addict son, and volunteers at a soup kitchen. As deaths accumulate around her, the well-drawn character study of the early going develops into “something more cosmic,” said David Ehrlich in IndieWire.com. “Time starts to skip forward, people disappear, and the film acquires the hallucinatory feeling of life itself” as Diane, a churchgoer, tries to reconcile the meaningful with the meaningless. “Diane is not easy to take sometimes, but it never lies,” said Dan Callahan in TheWrap.com. “This is a movie that notices things and people that we are trained to ignore, and you are not likely to forget it, even as the life of its heroine finally drifts away from her like a kite lost on a winter beach.” ■