The Diary of a Teenage Girl

The Diary of a Teenage Girl


Marielle Heller makes her writing-directing feature debut adapting Phoebe Gloeckner’s bestselling coming-of-age story, winning awards at the Berlin and Sundance Film Festivals. Set in 1970s San Francisco, the film stars Bel Powley (A Royal Night Out) as a 15-year-old who enters into her first sexual encounter – with her mother’s boyfriend. Co-stars Kristen Wiig and Alexander Skarsgård.

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  • This is the rare movie that realises that individuals are the sum of formative experiences some good, some bad, and some productive in their devastation. Full Review

  • A remarkably vibrant and frank look at one precocious teen's emerging sexual life. Full Review

  • This adaptation of Phoebe Gloeckner's heavily autobiographical novel is ideally cast and skillfully handled. Full Review

  • Young women have desires too, and the unsinkable, uninhibited Minnie finds that a little self-belief can make up for a lot of bad decisions. Full Review

  • Minnie’s inner life, a fantasia of animations appearing Crumb-like around her, is dazzling, and there’s plenty of naked emotion amid the sex, drugs and hand-drawn penises. Full Review

  • The novel is life-specific, but what makes Minnie - on the page and now on the screen - greater than any one girl is how she tells her own story in her own soaringly alive voice. Full Review

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