starring Bel Powley, Alexander Skarsgård, Christopher Meloni, Kristen Wiig
screenplay by Marielle Heller, based on the book by Phoebe Gloeckner
directed by Marielle Heller
by Angelo Muredda "Everything looks totally different to me now," announces brand-new, card-carrying adult Minnie (Bel Powley) towards the end of Marielle Heller's The Diary of a Teenage Girl, based on Phoebe Gloeckner's semi-autobiographical graphic novel about her coming-of-age in 1970s San Francisco. It's an old sentiment, practically a requirement of the bildungsroman, but credit ought to go to both Heller and Powley (in their respective feature debuts) for making it seem relatively new in the context of Minnie's story. Deservedly lauded at Sundance for its frankness and non-judgemental approach to female and young-adult sexuality, the film impresses on its own terms as a solidly-constructed character study of a mercurial, still-forming artist, told with a straight face despite the period eccentricities.