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Bel Powley's American agent sent her the script and she loved it so much that she sent an unorthodox audition tape: she was doing a scene in Minnie's bed, so she shot it in bed, in her underwear. And then added a separate little bit to the end of the tape talking directly to the camera, talking to Marielle Heller [the director] basically saying how much this film resonated with her, how much it would mean. Heller and Powley Skyped, got on well, and then Powley flew out to New York and met with Alexander Skarsgård. See more »
Being a grumpy old guy, I'm not at all the target audience for this film, so please bear that in mind when I tell you that I found this a fairly tedious coming-of-age movie. I admired aspects of it - in particular the performances of Bel Powley and Alexander Skarsgård - but I wasn't able to maintain my interest in the story.
The biggest obstacle was, I think, that Minnie, the eponymous teenage girl, was not the only adolescent around. All the adults in her life were at various stages of arrested development. This is possibly the point both of the movie and of the novel it is based on: how can a child grow up when all her role-models are children themselves? It's an interesting question, but when transmitted as drama the audience finds itself stuck in high school for the duration.
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