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1,167 Ratings

The Diary of a Teenage Girl

Directed by Marielle Heller
United States, 2015


Minnie Goetze is a 15-year-old aspiring comic-book artist, coming of age in the haze of the 1970s in San Francisco. Insatiably curious about the world around her, Minnie is a pretty typical teenage girl. Oh, except that she’s sleeping with her mother’s boyfriend.

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The Diary of a Teenage Girl Directed by Marielle Heller

Awards & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

2015 | Winner: Best Feature Film (Grand Prix of the Generation 14plus International Jury)

Sundance Film Festival

2015 | Winner: Dramatic (Cinematography Award)

Independent Spirit Awards

2016 | Winner: Best First Feature

2016 | 2 nominations including: Best First Screenplay

Village Voice Film Poll

2015 | Winner: Best First Feature

2015 | Nominee: Best Actress

Heller has made a striking debut too – entertaining, insightful and ferociously confident. Here’s a piece of American cinema that makes you come out feeling that you’ve actually spent 100 or so minutes in contact with real people – and rarer still, real women.
August 09, 2015
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All adolescent self-discovery blends recklessly poor decisions with productively brave ones, even if the difference isn’t quite clear at the time, and Heller doesn’t condemn her smart, ingenuous protagonist for any of hers. Inventively visualised and electrified by Powley’s vibrant star turn, this is mature, spirited, emotionally generous filmmaking that understands under-18s far better than innumerable insipid young adult romances. Here’s hoping they defy authority and seek it out.
August 07, 2015
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It really is hard to think of another movie quite like this, one so naturally harmonised with the rugged topography of teenage sexuality but that refuses to set its stall as Sex Ed 101. Aside from that, it’s just a complete piece of filmmaking – no scene feels rushed or extraneous, with unobtrusive animated inserts used to visualise Minnie’s in-the-moment feelings. Everyone is thoroughly on message here, though Powley is the barnstorming central jewel in this gorgeous makeshift tiara of a movie.
August 07, 2015
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