Minnie Goetze is a 15-year-old aspiring comic-book artist, coming of age in the haze of the 1970s in San Francisco. Insatiably curious about the world around her, Minnie is a pretty typical teenage girl. Oh, except that she’s sleeping with her mother’s boyfriend.

Good to know

  • The film won the U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Excellence in Cinematography at the Sundance Film Festival and the price for Best Actress at the Gotham Independent Film Award.
  • Director Marielle Heller received the graphic novel ‘The Diary of a Teenage Girl’ as a Christmas gift from her younger sister, around 2007. She then adapted the novel into a play, in which she played the lead role.
  • Bel Powley was 22 years old at the time the film was shot.
  • Both Anthony Williams (who plays Frankie) and Quinn Nagle (who plays Chuck) attended UC Berkeley as full time students while making this film. But they didn’t meet each other until they got the parts.