Translating tricky source material to the screen with flying colors, actress Marielle Heller’s feature directing debut, “The Diary of a Teenage Girl,” manages to plunge into the too-precocious sex life of a 15-year-old girl without turning exploitative or distasteful. This adaptation of Phoebe Gloeckner’s heavily autobiographical novel is ideally cast and skillfully handled, making for a salable item likely to stir some attention-getting controversy and win favorable reviews in territories where the subject matter (which is depicted not graphically, but with a fair amount of nudity) doesn’t create daunting censorship problems.
(…)Faithful to the book’s vision (if more physically attractive), Skarsgaard makes Monroe so easygoing and likable you sometimes forget that his passivity is actually a contemptible willingness to let his libido make decisions by default — for which he then blames “manipulative” Minnie. Given less screentime, Wiig nonetheless ultimately makes an equally strong impression as another not-quite-grownup with parenting skills to match.
In this gutsy, intimate and assured debut, Marielle Heller accomplishes just about everything every young independent filmmaker says they want to do starting out, to create a personal, fresh, distinctive work in their own “voice” that will then, of course, make their careers. Heller has pulled this off in a remarkably vibrant and frank look at one precocious teen’s emerging sexual life, a film with the stuff of life coursing through its veins and sex very much on its brain. The Diary of a Teenage Girl is the kind of film Sundance prays for every year, one that indelibly puts on the map a talented director the festival can then forever claim as one of its own. This will be one of the significant indie titles of the year and a good commercial bet, a film many young women will see more than once.
Many women might ask, where has this film been all my life, and men might well ask the same, such is the curious reader and viewer’s enduring interest in any insightful work that so frankly and uninhibitedly addresses the female sex drive, its mysteries, contradictions and complex impulses. The subject never gets old, even if American films have often skittishly avoided it or tiptoed through it lightly.
Adapting Phoebe Gloeckner’s popular and innovative 2002 “hybrid” words-and -pictures novel, which Heller adapted and starred in onstage in 2010, the writer-director jumps right in the deep end with Minnie Goetze (Bel Powley), who tells her tape recorder that she just had sex for the first time. More than that — it was with her mother’s boyfriend.
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