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922 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

This is Heller’s first film, and she’s a real director, if not of space then of people, situations, and mood. Wiig and Skarsgård do deep, layered stuff with foolish characters that keeps you from laughing at them. It’s as if Heller said play the era but without making caricatures. It’s the little things about this movie that got me, like when, in a lustful fit, Minnie and her best friend (Madeleine Waters) lick the crotch of an Iggy Pop poster.
August 11, 2015
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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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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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