My Thoughts On… Tiny Furniture

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Synopsis

A recent college graduate returns home while she tries to figure out what she wants to do with her life.

What I Liked

  • I’ve been meaning to watch Tiny Furniture ever since it first came out. It was before Lena Dunham started working on Girls, so I knew very little about her, but I knew that I liked the look of this. Three years later, I finally got to see it, and it was worth the wait. I truly adored it. I love Lena Dunham, something that took me a little bit by surprise to by honest. I have never watched Girls, though I’ve always meant to, and I just didn’t know how I was going to feel about this young superstar. It turns out that all the rumours were true, she’s awesome. Aura is such a great character, because she’s totally real. She’s not graduating university and walking into a high salaried job, finding herself a boyfriend and living the high life in New York. She’s struggling, and she’s being a total narcissist about it, and that makes her an awesome character.
  • As I said, I’ve never watched Girls, so I was totally unfamiliar with Jemima Kirke before I watched Tiny Furniture. I couldn’t even tell you if she uses a British accent in Girls (does she?). But I loved the way she played Charlotte in Tiny Furniture. I loved the way that Charlotte could so easily have been a total cliche, but she wasn’t, in part I suppose down to Dunham’s writing. But also because of the way Kirke played her, meaning that although she is a bit of a spoilt brat, she is also totally endearing and a really good friend to Aura.
  • Dunham doesn’t actually classify Tiny Furniture as Mumblecore, but it does share many aspects of the movement, and that’s what I love about it. I love the natural feel of it, the way it’s shot, the dialogue.
  • There’s a scene in which Aura (played by Dunham) is in bed with her mum (played by Dunham’s real mum), and they are talking about various different things about Aura’s life. I really enjoyed this scene, not least because it was so far removed from anything that my mum and I would have talked about, but the mother-daughter connection felt very real (as it would, I suppose).
  • Another scene I liked was one in which Aura has a blazing row with her mum. She acts like such a child, despite the fact that she is a college graduate, and it’s on her to work out what she wants to do with her life. A part of me feels sorry for her, and another part of me just wants to shake my head at her!
  • The tagline of the film is “Aura would like you to know that she’s having a very hard time.” I love this, it shows that Dunham is willing to poke fun at herself (or at least at her character). One of the things I love the most about Lena Dunham is that as the writer and director of this film (and the creator of her own television show), she has ample opportunity to be a diva and ensure that she is only ever seen in the best light, looking the most beautiful and slim that she possibly could. But she doesn’t. You see her, warts and all, because, let’s face it, when you’re Lena Dunham and you’re *that* talented, you can afford to be seen in your knickers and without make up from time to time.
  • I really like Merrit Weaver, who plays a tiny, tiny part here, as someone who gets a bit screwed over by Aura.

What I Didn’t Like

  • As ever, because I don’t consider these posts to be reviews, I don’t feel the need to balance the posts with negatives if I can’t find any. And I couldn’t really find any with Tiny Furniture. Maybe it lags a bit in the middle, but looking back on it, I can only really see it as a totally positive experience, and I will definitely be watching it again!

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