Aren’t we all just looking for love?
The first trailer for the Sundance hit, The Diary of a Teenage Girl, hit on Tuesday and the film based on Phoebe Gloeckner’s graphic novel of the same name seems to live up to the hype. The movie stars Bel Powley, Alexander Skarsgård, Kristen Wiig, with appearances by Christopher Meloni and Margarita Levieva.
The Diary of a Teenage Girl follows Minnie (Powley) who like most teenage girls is longing for love, acceptance and a sense of purpose in the world. Minnie begins a complex love affair with her mother’s (Wiig) boyfriend, “the handsomest man in the world,” Monroe Rutherford (Skarsgård). What follows is a sharp, funny and provocative account of one girl’s sexual and artistic awakening, without judgment.
The film seems to ooze a mix between Juno and Fish Tank and should be on the radar for most fans of the teenage novel genre. It also looks like it will keep some of the graphic novel roots and make the film much more visual than what some would expect.
Our own critic Dylan Griffin called the film “an honest, sweet, and powerful coming-of-age story” when he saw it at Sundance and praised the work of Powley, Skarsgård, and cinematographer Brandon Trost for their work.
The Diary of a Teenage Girl is directed by Marielle Heller and hits theaters on August 7.