Sony Pictures Classics’ is releasing The Diary of a Teenage Girl starring Bel Powley, Alexander Skarsgård, Christopher Meloni, and Kristen Wiig on August 7, 2015 and they’ve just released a new trailer for the coming-of-age film. Based on Phoebe Gloeckner’s novel, The Diary of a Teenage Girl was adapted for the screen by Marielle Heller, with Heller also directing the dramatic film. The Diary of a Teenage Girl had its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival where it earned rave reviews. The Hollywood Reporter called it a “strikingly intimate look at a teenager’s sexual life in an outstanding debut film” while Variety says it’s a “fine adaptation” of Gloeckner’s novel.
Like most teenage girls, Minnie Goetze (Powley) is longing for love, acceptance and a sense of purpose in the world. Minnie begins a complex love affair with her mother’s (Wiig) boyfriend, “the handsomest man in the world,” Monroe Rutherford (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.
Watch the trailer:
-By Rebecca Murray
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