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