22-year-old Aura returns home after college to her artist mother’s loft with the following: a useless film theory degree, 357 hits on her YouTube page, and no shoulders to cry on. Starring Dunham and her real-life family, Tiny Furniture is tragicomedy about what does and does not happen when you graduate with no skills, no love life, and a lot of free time.
I just got back from viewing “Tiny Furniture” (directed by and starring Lena Dunham) at the Boston Independent Film Festival.
I laughed, cried, and shook my head several times in disbelief knowing that the girl on screen is my age and has directed a phenomenal feature film. She perfectly encapsulates the struggles that newly graduated millenials are facing as they break out of their liberal arts bubbles and step into the “real” world.
It’s ironic because there I was, sitting in my velvety seat in Somerville, eating my pb&j sandwich (I smuggled it in), feeling that I had a true connection with this existentialist, when I remembered that the girl on screen was currently touring the country with underground film festivals. She wasn’t still living in college dorm-like conditions with three other girls, surviving on macaroni and soup, but she has MADE it.
Of course this film was conceived before Dunham was a 25 year old superstar and thus it reflects the sorrows and hopes of the millenial post-grad.