Tiny Furniture (2010)
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A recent college graduate keeps stumbling as she steps out into the real world in this independent comedy drama. Aura (Lena Dunham) has just graduated from a university in the Midwest, receiving a degree in film theory that even she seems to realize is essentially worthless. With no real prospects she returns home to her mother, Siri (Laurie Simmons), a successful photographer living in New York City. Aura's 17-year-old sister, Nadine (Grace Dunham), is about to graduate from high school and is
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A deft self-portrait of someone who hasn't reached the point where they can take themselves seriously.
Just when you think "Tiny Furniture" is of the nothing-happens school of indie-filmdom, something more dramatic happens.
Sharp observations, thin on entertainment value -- "Mumblecore" at its heart.
There's not much to it, but you do sense, after watching it, that this filmmaker might someday make something very good, once she starts looking beyond her own immediate vicinity.
It's one of the loveliest lowest-budget features to come down the pike.
As Aura is unable to see past the immediate moment, the plot is structured in a way that provides no foreseeable linear direction to an inevitable destination.
an interpersonal chamber-piece that succeeds as well as it does thanks to the unabashed intimacy it has with its own diminutive subject matter. Call it a mumblecore mumblepiece.
It is Dunham's fearlessness in showing Aura warts and all that becomes endearing.
Speaks to anyone 'waiting' for their opportunity in life, sardonically pointing out the obstacles in the way in a glib but na´ve manner.
Dunham's satirical intentions can't quite compensate for the pain of spending almost 100 heartless minutes in the company of irredeemably unlikeable characters.
It's best enjoyed, like Aura's life, as a work in progress, promisingly tangy and archly amusing.
It's clever, funny and never smug as Dunham pokes fun at herself and the pseuds around her.
Smartly observed and bitterly funny, the deadpan Tiny Furniture feels true to life for an entire generation struggling to find a job and make their mark on the world.
Lena Dunham demonstrates a keen eye for detail, a sharp ear for dialogue and a nice line in deadpan playing in this, her debut feature.
Dunham's on-screen mixture - essentially all the S's (sadness, structurelessness, serendipity) - is stirred so skilfully it makes recent indie cinema of extemporisation, from mumblecore to Miranda Otto, seem like am-dram.
A superbly written character study with a terrific, vanity-free performance from Lena Dunham that makes us warm to her character even as we recognise her more obnoxious traits.
Tiny Furniture has been crafted in minute detail by a young filmmaker clearly bursting with ideas, quite the opposite of the film's main protagonist.
Much-maligned it may be, but the so-called mumblecore movement continues to turn out gems.
Playing like a mumblecore The Graduate set in the affected milieu of the Tribeca art crowd, Tiny Furniture announces Dunham as a talent to watch...
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