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Thirst: Female Desire on Screen

Diary of a Teenage Girl

A hilariously crude and poignant coming-of-age story set in 1970s California.

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USA 2015
Dir Marielle Heller
With Bel Powley, Kristen Wiig, Alexander Skarsgård
Certificate 18

In Marielle Heller’s debut, she tells the audacious story of Minnie (Powley), a teen girl growing up in San Francisco at the tail end of the 1970s. Minnie feels a growing attraction to her mother’s dirtbag boyfriend and an inappropriate affair begins between the two. The result is a pithy, funny film that’s honest about teen sex-drive in a way that’s usually reserved for boys.

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