The Diary of a Teenage Girl

The Diary of a Teenage Girl

Marielle Heller (2015)

97min
18 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
"I had sex today. Holy s***!" That's the first line in debuting director Marielle Heller's ground-breaking coming-of-age comedic drama. Explicit but never exploitative, it's based on the novel by Phoebe Gloeckner that dares to tell of Minnie (Bel Powley of TV's Benidorm), a smart 15-year-old girl who wants to have sex but fears it will never ever happen. A tricky topic but credible, especially in San Francisco in 1976, where Minnie's mother Charlotte (Kristen Wiig) parties hard and dates the simplistic 35-year-old Monroe (Alexander Skarsgård). Sleeping with Monroe is only the first step in Minnie's rollercoaster of reality as she follows her instincts - some good, some awful - but, crucially, learns from her mistakes. Powley, Wiig and Skarsgård turn in powerful, finely observed performances in this sensitive, entertaining explosion of honesty.

Summary

A girl growing up in 1970s San Francisco looks for a sense of certainty in a rapidly changing world. She finds solace in an affair with her mother's boyfriend, but also finds a personal refuge in developing her own artistic talents. Drama based on Phoebe Gloeckner's novel, starring Bel Powley, Alexander Skarsgard and Kristen Wiig.

Cast & Crew

Minnie Bel Powley
Monroe Alexander Skarsgård
Charlotte Kristen Wiig
Pascal Christopher Meloni
Tabatha Margarita Levieva
Ricky Austin Lyon
Andrea Miranda Bailey
Kimmie Madeleine Waters
Chuck Quinn Nagle
Gretel Abigail Wait
Director Marielle Heller
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Vertigo FilmsGuidance: Sex scenes, drug abuse, nudity, sexual references.Available on: DVDReleased on: 7 Aug 2015
Drama