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Tiny Fur­ni­ture, com­ing-of-age com­edy, not rated, CCA Cine­math­eque, 2.5 chiles This low-bud­get in­die movie, writ­ten and di­rected by re­cent col­lege grad Lena Dun­ham, star­ring Lena Dun­ham as a re­cent col­lege grad, fea­tur­ing her mother, Lau­rie Sim­mons, as her mother, and her sis­ter, Grace Dun­ham, as her sis­ter, and shot prin­ci­pally in their stun­ning Tribeca apart­ment, clearly has some­thing of the au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal to it.

It picks up as Aura (Lena Dun­ham) ar­rives home at said apart­ment af­ter her grad­u­a­tion from a col­lege in Ohio, an event her fam­ily seems not to have at­tended and barely no­ticed. Nor can any of them muster the en­ergy to spring up and give her a wel­com­ing hug. Her mother, Siri (Sim­mons), a pho­tog­ra­pher like her real-life coun­ter­part, is hunched over her cam­era in her down­stairs stu­dio click­ing shots of doll­house fur­ni­ture jux­ta­posed against the wil­lowy long legs of Na­dine (Grace Dun­ham), Aura’s bitchy younger sis­ter.

Aura’s legs are nei­ther wil­lowy nor long. She’s plump and schlumpy. Nor does she seem to have her kid sis­ter’s am­bi­tion and tal­ent. Na­dine has just won a na­tional high school po­etry con­test. Aura’s main artis­tic ac­com­plish­ment seems to be a stag­ger­ingly art­less video of her over­weight self in a bikini minc­ing around a foun­tain on her col­lege cam­pus. The video has at­tracted a smat­ter­ing of hits on YouTube and drawn a few snarky, un­flat­ter­ing com­ments.

Damsel in­die stress: Lena Dun­ham and David Call

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