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The Diary of a Teenage Girl (Marielle Heller, 2015)

August 4, 2015

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It can be a tricky thing to praise a film on the basis of being “trailblazing,” particularly on its initial release. More often used regarding films heavy on apparent technical innovation, the term can often make writing on the work in question seem misguided with hindsight or possibly even frustratingly narrow (minded in retrospect). See reviews of the first The Hobbit film predominantly occupied by analysis of the 48 frames per second shooting method, a technique hardly cropping up all that much in blockbuster production plans three years on.

Where the term arguably has greater validity is in regards to smaller films that sow the seed for what one hopes will spark wider cinematic change. Rather than those messing around with special effects wizardry, the true trailblazers are those that offer representation for something that has sorely (and often inexplicably) been lacking in the cinematic landscape. The Diary of a Teenage Girl, the writing and directing debut of actress Marielle Heller, is one such film, offering a much-needed shot in the arm for a perspective grossly ignored in American cinema and much English-language filmmaking…

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