Thursday, 29 March 2012
Tiny Furniture ★★★★☆
Written, directed and starring Lena Dunham, Tiny Furniture (2010) is a delightfully twee, existential comedy which takes a wildly imaginative approach to romance, family and the confusion which surrounds graduating. Also starring Dunham's own mother and sister, and shot within their family home, Tiny Furniture is a prime example of micro budget filmmaking at its very best.
Aura (Lena Dunham) is a 22-year-old young woman suffering from post graduate delirium, who’s begrudgingly forced into returning home from university to live with her artist mother (Laurie Simmons) and overachieving sister (Grace Dunham). Recently heartbroken after her long term boyfriend (described by Aura's condescending sister as little more than "a speck of granola" in the breakfast of life) has returned to Ohio to 'find himself’, Aura begins the long and tricky process of deciding which path her life should take, attempting to find something which defines her, whilst simultaneously dealing with the same domestic conflicts which were apparent before she left.