Sundance hit, The Diary of a Teenage Girl, based on the novel by Phoebe Gloeckner, has a trailer you just have to watch. With Alexander Skarsgård, Kristen Wiig, and by all accounts an amazing performance by Bel Powley, the movie is something like a coming-of-age story gone sideways, and with the same stunningly awake and aware approach to sexuality that made people fall for the book in the first place.
Another installment in the new wave of films about youth that aim for another level of honesty, the film takes on difficult subjects, but doesn’t aim to preach, or have any answers. It just wants to showcase the reality of life, as it relates to the members of humanity that generally aren’t taken very seriously.
The film also runs for wonder, adding animated effects to build in mental/emotional content, and it does so in a way that’s oddly compelling, even just in the trailer.
Take a look below, and fall in love.
Like most teenage girls, Minnie Goetze (Bel Powley) is longing for love, acceptance and a sense of purpose in the world. Minnie begins a complex love affair with her mother’s (Kristen Wiig) boyfriend, “the handsomest man in the world,” Monroe Rutherford (Alexander Skarsgård). What follows is a sharp, funny and provocative account of one girl’s sexual and artistic awakening, without judgment.
Set in 1976 San Francisco, THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL begins at the crossroads of the fading hippie movement and the dawn of punk rock. News commentary of the Patty Hearst trial echoes in the background, as Minnie’s young expressive eyes soak in a drug-laden city in transition- where teenage rebellion and adult responsibility clash in characters lost and longing. Minnie’s hard-partying mother and absent father have left her rudderless. She first finds solace in Monroe’s seductive smile, and then on the backstreets of the city by the bay. Animation serves a refuge from the confusing and unstable world around her. Minnie emerges defiant- taking command of her sexuality and drawing on her newfound creative talents to reveal truths in the kind of intimate and vivid detail that can only be found in the pages of a teenage girl’s diary.
THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL is based on Phoebe Gloeckner’s novel of the same name, hailed by Salon as “one of the most brutally honest, shocking, tender and beautiful portrayals of growing up female in America.” Writer/Director Marielle Heller unlocks this diary with a richly comedic and deeply personal vision. In her feature film directorial debut, Heller brings Gloeckner’s book to life with fearless performances, a stirring score, inventive graphic novel-like animation sequences, imagination, humor and heart. It is a coming of age story that is as poignant as it is unsettling.