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Tiny Furniture (Criterion) (2010)

Cast: David Call, Alex Karpovsky, Lena Dunham
Director: Lena Dunham
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Studio: Criterion
Genre: Comedies, Drama, Criterion Collection
Running Time: 100 min.

Lena Dunham got her start making YouTube videos, but she emerged as a major talent thanks to the breakthrough success of this exceptionally sharp comedy, which garnered the twenty-four-year-old writer-director-actor comparisons to the likes of Woody Allen. The filmmaker herself plays Aura, a recent college graduate who returns to New York and moves back in with her mother and sister (played by their real-life counterparts). Though Aura is gripped by stasis and confusion about her future, Dunham locates endless sources of refreshing humor in her plight. As painfully confessional as it is endlessly amusing, TINY FURNITURE is an authentic, incisive portrait of a young woman at a crossroads.

GreenCine Member Reviews

If Woody Allen and Nora Ephron Had a Baby Director... by jmwagner66 April 4, 2012 - 12:08 PM PDT
it would be Lena Dunham. There are frequent references and homages to Woody and the general style owes much to Nora. The outcome is oddly hypnotic. There are a few LOL moments, like when the main character's arty mother tells her to look for something in the "white cabinet." Our protagonist turns around and faces a wall of white cabinets and begins the search. The question and the answer were both pointless and we know this mother and daughter have asked and answered them all their lives.

Dunham shot this film for about $25,000 and cut it together for about $20,0000. Amazing. I was unaware of that while watching the film and did not suspect this was an extremely low budget project.

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