SMOOTH TALK
1985, Janus Films, 92 min, UK/USA, Dir: Joyce Chopra

Fifteen-year-old Connie (Laura Dern) spends the summer before her sophomore year fixating on getting male attention. While her mother, Katherine (Mary Kay Place), nags her about painting the house and favors her older sister, Connie spends her days going to the mall with her friends. One day, while the rest of her family is having a barbeque, Connie is confronted at home by a handsome, dangerous stranger (Treat Williams) who has been watching her.


DIANE
2018, IFC Films, 95 min, Dir: Kent Jones

For Diane (Mary Kay Place), everyone else comes first. Generous but with little patience for self-pity, she spends her days checking in on sick friends, volunteering at her local soup kitchen and trying valiantly to save her troubled, drug-addicted adult son (Jake Lacy) from himself. But beneath her relentless routine of self-sacrifice, Diane is fighting a desperate internal battle, haunted by a past she can’t forget, which threatens to tear apart her increasingly chaotic world. Built around an extraordinary, fearless performance from Mary Kay Place, the narrative debut from Kent Jones (HITCHCOCK/TRUFFAUT) is a profound, beautifully human portrait of a woman rifling through the wreckage of her life in search of redemption.


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