Writer/Director Marielle Heller’s The Diary of a Teenage Girl is a bold, realistic coming-of-age story about a teenage girl in the early-‘70s, living in San Francisco.
Libido comes alive as like a tornado as Minnie (Bel Powley) gets sexually involved with her mother’s (Kristen Wiig) boyfriend (Alexander Skarsgård). And, that’s only the beginning!
Heller doesn’t hold back with the truth of this and many such stories of young women in the pre-AIDS era. It would have difficult for a male director to have attempted such a film. If nothing else, though there is fine directing no matter the sex, this film shows why there should be more female directors making movies.
The only negative is that Editors Marie-Hélène Dozo and Koen Timmerman didn’t trim the film a bit more. But, this probably wasn’t their call.
I give The Diary of a Teenage Girl a 3.9 out of 5.