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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Quirky Romance Indies: When Your Teenage Crush Is On Alexander Skarsgård

This seriously looks like one of those quintessential Sundance films that wreaks of elite indie: quirky, half animated/half live action, with random mega celebs playing super low-key characters. But I kind of dig THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL, in a Garden State-meets-Juno kind of way. Even if it presents itself as the everyday, normal teenage girl who only happens to also represent the default white surburbia. Oh, Hollywood, you're nothing without being predictable.

Kristen Wiig, who's clearly going hard core for this indie kick, plays the mother of said teenage girl (Bel Powley), who's crushing on her mom's boyfriend (kinda hard not to when he's played by Alexander Skarsgård). More on the film in its synopsis:

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.

Based on the novel by Phoebe Gloeckner (has anyone here read this?), THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL also stars Christopher Meloni and hits theaters August 7. 



ShantaFabulous said...

I still haven't seen Garden State or Juno but I'd watch this. I do hope that her relationship with the boyfriend is more in her head than reality. I really don't want to see an adult go there with a teenager.

Anonymous said...

lol you are completely and totally wrong about this movie. There's only a few animated bits, and it's set in San Francisco in the 70s, which is about as far from white suburbia as you can get. And yes, she definitely goes there with the mom's boyfriend. Often and explicitly. It is nothing at all like Juno (ugh) or Garden State (VOMIT).

Brittani Burnham said...

Loved Juno, despised Garden State, but Alexander Skarsgard is gorgeous so I may check it out. Hopefully Kristen Wiig's part is small.

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