The Diary of a Teenage Girl

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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... read more
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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.

Original Release

03/18/2015

US Release

03/18/2015

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Cast

Bel Powley Minnie / Minnie Goetze
Alexander Skarsgård Monroe / Monroe Rutherford
Kristen Wiig Charlotte / Charlotte Worthington
Christopher Meloni Pascal / Pascal MacCorkill
Margarita Levieva Tabatha
Madeleine Waters Kimmie / Kimmie Minter
Quinn Nagle Chuck / Chuck Saunders
Abby Wait Gretel
Austin Lyon Ricky Wasserman
Miranda Bailey Andrea
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Marielle Heller

Writers

Marielle Heller, Phoebe Gloeckner

Cast

Bel Powley Minnie / Minnie Goetze
Alexander Skarsgård Monroe / Monroe Rutherford
Kristen Wiig Charlotte / Charlotte Worthington
Christopher Meloni Pascal / Pascal MacCorkill
Margarita Levieva Tabatha
Madeleine Waters Kimmie / Kimmie Minter
Quinn Nagle Chuck / Chuck Saunders
Abby Wait Gretel
Austin Lyon Ricky Wasserman
Miranda Bailey Andrea
Carson Mell Michael Cocaine
Davy Clements Arnie
Charles Lewis III Cool English Teacher
Susannah Rogers Voice of Aline Kominsky / Aline Kominsky (voice)
Joshua Grannell Drag Queen
Nate Heller Band Member
Lance Hill Band Member
Persephone Gloeckner-Suits Student
Steven Wiig Streetcar Rider
Josh Kornbluth Old Rich Guy

Producers

Amy Nauiokas Executive Producer
Michael Sagol Executive Producer
Jorma Taccone Executive Producer
Amanda Marshall Executive Producer
Miranda Bailey Producer
Anne Carey Producer
Bert Hamelinck Producer
Madeline Samit Producer
Debbie Brubaker Producer
Corentin De Saedeleer Producer
Shani Geva Producer

Editors

Marie-Hélène Dozo, Koen Timmerman

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