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"An emotionally honest and refreshingly liberated coming-of-age tale set in the golden-hued and drug-soaked San Francisco of the 1970s." – Film Comment

It's 1976 and 15-year-old Minnie Goetze has just had sex for the first time: with her mother's boyfriend ("the handsomest man in the world")! And she really liked it. Thus catapulted into her adolescent journey of sexual awakening and empowerment, aspiring artist Minnie documents her discoveries on audiocassette in intimate and unapologetic detail.

Adapting Phoebe Gloeckner's acclaimed graphic novel, debut writer/director Marielle Heller has created a non-judgemental, funny and provocative film. Newcomer Bel Powley is breathtaking as Minnie – growing up before our eyes – with Kristen Wiig, Christopher Meloni and Alexander Skarsgård in particular terrific in support.

Visually enlivened by colourful, creative animation, this winner of the Grand Prix of the Generation 14+ International Jury at Berlin is as hilariously poignant as it is unsettlingly authentic.

"A genuine portrayal of youthful femininity, with its angst, pitfalls, trappings and secret joys … Bel Powley gives a career-breaking performance, exuding both raging hormones, swift intelligence and insecurity." – Senses of Cinema

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