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The Diary of a Teenage Girl (2015)

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A teen artist living in 1970s San Francisco enters into an affair with her mother's boyfriend.

Director:

Marielle Heller

Writers:

Phoebe Gloeckner (novel), Marielle Heller (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bel Powley ... Minnie
Willie Willie ... Domino the Cat
Kristen Wiig ... Charlotte
Abby Wait ... Gretel (as Abigail Wait)
Alexander Skarsgård ... Monroe
Miranda Bailey ... Andrea
Carson Mell ... Michael Cocaine
John Parsons ... Burt
Madeleine Waters ... Kimmie
Austin Lyon ... Ricky Wasserman
Quinn Nagle ... Chuck
Davy Clements Davy Clements ... Arnie
Charles Lewis III Charles Lewis III ... Cool English Teacher
David Fine ... Old Hippie
Susannah Rogers Susannah Rogers ... Aline Kominsky (voice) (as Susannah Schulman)
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A teen artist living in 1970s San Francisco enters into an affair with her mother's boyfriend.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content including dialogue, graphic nudity, drug use, language and drinking-all involving teens. | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Alexander Skarsgård is 16 years older than Bel Powley. At the time of shooting, he was 38 years old and she was 22 years old. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Minnie: I had sex today... Holy shit.
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Connections

References Gilligan's Island (1964) See more »

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Down on the Street
Written by David Alexander (as David M. Alexander), Ron Asheton (as Ronald Asheton), Scott Asheton, Iggy Pop
Performed by The Stooges
Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Group
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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It successfully goes to the edge without going over it.
10 October 2018 | by proud_ludditeSee all my reviews

San Francisco, 1976: Minnie (Bel Powley) is a 15-year old who initiates a sexual affair with the boyfriend (Alexander Skarsgard) of her mother (Kristen Wiig).

"Diary" has much in common with "Fish Tank", a 2009 British film in which Michael Fassbender played the role of the boyfriend. But "Diary" can't be accused of copying the other film as it is based on the biographical graphic novel by Phoebe Gloeckner. Each film has its own strength and uniqueness.

There is much discomfort in the early sex scenes for obvious reasons. At least, Powley was an adult when the film was being made. But while the film clearly goes into taboo territory, it does so in a way that surprisingly comes off as moving rather than cheap and exploitative.

The story is told through Minnie's (Gloeckner's) perspective so, as it turned out, there seem to be no belief in victims or predators. While there are consequences for the very unconventional liaison, there is no sense of melodramatic punishment that would be expected in other current stories.

Director Marielle Heller does a great job in recreating the carefree attitude of San Francisco in the 1970s as she does in getting fine work from Powley and Skarsgard. The constant partying and indulgences in sex, booze, and drugs was simply the way of life back then and the lightness in attitude comes through in a way that is almost nostalgic. This attitude would crash later after the onset of AIDS, the Reagan years, and real estate speculation (the single-parent family lived in a big apartment in downtown San Francisco on a librarian's salary - something that couldn't happen today). There is also the enjoyable bonus of animated images that accompany Minnie's thoughts and reflections.

This movie succeeds in taking a controversial subject and expressing it convincingly with heart.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 August 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$52,334, 9 August 2015

Gross USA:

$1,477,002

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,775,133
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2.35 : 1
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