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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - David Strat­ton

The Di­ary of a Teenage Girl (MA15+) First-time di­rec­tor Marielle Heller’s film adap­ta­tion of Phoebe Gloeck­ner’s au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal book about her teenage years in San Fran­cisco in the mid-1970s is a show­case for young Bri­tish ac­tress Bel Pow­ley, who — in a frank, brave per­for­mance — cap­tures the sweet in­no­cence of a 15-year-old de­ter­mined to find love, even if it means tak­ing the lover (Alexan­der Skars­gard) of her mother (Kris­ten Wiig). The con­tro­ver­sial as­pects of this com­ing-of-age story are mit­i­gated by the wide-eyed charm and de­ter­mi­na­tion of the pro­tag­o­nist as she em­barks on her dif­fi­cult jour­ney of sex­ual dis­cov­ery.

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