The Diary of a Teenage Girl

2015 | USA | R | 102 min.


The Buzz Sun, Jul 31, 2016 3:00 PM
Film Info
Section:US Official Selection: Narrative
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Release Year:2015
Runtime:102 min.
Production Country:USA
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Cast:Bel Powley
Kristen Wiig
Abby Wait
Alexander Skarsgård
Director:Marielle Heller
Produced by:Miranda Bailey
Anne Carey
Bert Hamelinck
Madeline Samit
Screenwriter:Phoebe Gloeckner
Marielle Heller
Cinematography:Brandon Trost
Editing By:Marie-Hélène Dozo
Koen Timmerman


This exuberant, bold film that audaciously refuses to apologize for the complexity of its 15-year-old protagonist may be one of the most honest and revolutionary depictions of adolescence ever put on screen. Minnie is a precocious, vivacious teenager on the cusp of a sexual awakening. Unfortunately, her bohemian mother (Kristin Wiig) is too absent to notice, and frequently leaves her alone with the ludicrously handsome man she’s dating, Monroe (Alexander Skaarsgård, “True Blood”). Minnie and Monroe fall into a precariously complex affair that director Marielle Heller handles with unparalleled skill, eschewing melodrama and victimhood for more complex questions about love, longing, and agency. Fearlessly sliding from toughness into tenderness, and hilarity into heartbreak, this unerringly wise, achingly true film perfectly captures the messiness of young adulthood.