Lena Dunham (writer-director of 'Girls') writes, directs and stars in 'Tiny Furniture' - a knockout existential comedy, presenting a wildly imaginative take on romantic humiliation and post-university confusion. The film was shot in Dunham's family home, starring Dunham's mother (photographer Laurie Simmons) and her precocious sister Grace as Nadine.
22-year-old Aura (Dunham) returns home from university to her artist mother's Tribeca loft with: a useless film theory degree, 357 hits on her YouTube page, a boyfriend who's left her to find himself, a dying hamster and her tail between her legs. Luckily, her train wreck childhood best friend never left home, the restaurant down the block is hiring and ill-advised romantic options options lurk around every corner. Surrounded on all sides by what she could become, Aura just wants someone to tell her who she is.
★★★★ "Dunham adds some semi-autobiographical bite to a refreshingly insightful comedy" - David Parkinson, Empire
★★★★ "Extremely well-written, often funny and very touching film" - Henry Barnes, The Guardian