Diane ★★★

Might be underrating this, as my thinking for the most part was ‘tastefully rote character study’ – being Kent Jones’ first stab at writing/directing fiction one is lead to think of it as a show of aesthetic predilections –, but it’s structure is a bit trickier than that, going through time slippages, false resolutions, conflict inversions, cycles, unrequited losses, and unexpected pleasures (e.g. the writing scenes, fourth times the charm for driving interludes, coverage of the first dinner), while still delivering the character study goods from a very good Mary Kay Place. It ends up feeling longer than it is, but somehow to its benefit. Cinematic hygge for banal desperation and creeping death; a buffet dash for the last slice-of-life

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