Feeling a bit “blehg” I wanted to take myself out on a date. So I went to this small film theatre, decided I didn’t have to choose between chocolate, candy and popcorn and got all three & went to see The Diary of a Teenage Girl. I’ll be honest it was a couple of weeks ago already but I really wanted to share this so better late than never right?
The Diary of a Teenage Girl
Director: Marielle Heller
Writers: Phoebe Gloeckner (novel) & Marielle Heller (screenplay)
Main roles: Bel Powley (as Minnie), Kristen Wiig (as Charlotte, mom of Minnie) & Alexander Skarsgård (as Monroe)
Official Trailer: here!
In Short: 15 year old Minnie living in 70’s LA, has sex for the first time, but unfortunately its not the healthiest of relationships as her first love is her mother’s boyfriend. We follow her as she discovers her femininity, sexuality and goes through the awkward and confusing process of “adulting”.
Review: I’ll be honest this is not a film for everyone. It has a different pace than the usual “hollywood” film, different humor and style. The film gives you such an honest and undisguised record of what goes on in Minnies life and mind, that it almost makes you feel uncomfortable, which I think is one of a film’s main strengths, when it can push boundaries. And even though it addresses life, “adulting”and sex in such a unique and free way, you can’t help but relate (even if just in the slightest bit) with Minnie. It made me realize that to a certain extent we all go through the same doubts and processes during puberty, yet feel so misunderstood and lonely at times. And that’s okay, maybe its just something we have to go through during our development. I actually can’t wait to get my hands on the book the film was based on!
While I started writing this review I was trying to pin point what I liked most about this film and I have to admit it was hard to figure it out. Probably the main thing that impressed me most besides the very confronting and honest writing, is the acting. The actors really got me and I just love it when actors can make you forget that they’re playing a character. I can imagine it must have been quite hard to play those roles so uninhibited and open so I was definitely impressed by their performances.
Perfect for: When you’re looking for something out of the ordinary. Definitely make sure you have the brain space to process this film. Watch it by yourself, with a ton of food & a glass of wine on a cold, dark night.
Have you seen The Diary of a Teenage Girl? Or are you planning on seeing it? Let me know what you think after seeing it!