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Tiny Furniture -- 22-year-old Aura (Dunham) returns home to her artist mother's TriBeCa loft with the following: a useless film theory degree, 357 hits on her Youtube page, a boyfriend who's left her to find himself at Burning Man, a dying hamster, and her tail between her legs.
Tiny Furniture -- Tiny Furniture explores the depths of romantic humiliation and the heights of post-college confusion.
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30 March 2012 (Ireland) See more »
Aura would like you to know that she is having a very, very hard time.
About a recent college grad who returns home while she tries to figure out what to do with her life. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Lena Dunham ... Aura

Laurie Simmons ... Siri

Grace Dunham ... Nadine
Rachel Howe ... Candice

Merritt Wever ... Frankie

Amy Seimetz ... Ashlynn

Alex Karpovsky ... Jed

Jemima Kirke ... Charlotte
Garland Hunter ... Noelle
Isen Ritchie ... Jacob
Sarah Sophie Flicker ... Julia

David Call ... Keith

Jody Lee Lipes ... Bus Boy
Charlotte Istel ... Drunk Girl
Peter Rosenblum ... No Pants Kid
Paul Warneke ... Ipod Boy
John Newman ... Philippe
Isabel Halley ... Gallery Girl
Kyle Martin ... Keith's 'Boy'
Anna Bak-Kvapil ... Ashlynn's Friend
Nick Bentgen ... Ashlynn's Friend
Lance Edmands ... Ashlynn's Friend

Alex Ross Perry ... Ashlynn's Friend
Alice Wang ... Ashlynn's Friend
Teddy Blanks ... Gallery-Goer
Jennifer Brown ... Gallery-Goer
Durga Chew-Bose ... Gallery-Goer
Zach Clark ... Gallery-Goer
Jesse Klein ... Gallery-Goer
Kathryn Sanders ... Gallery-Goer

Nat Sanders ... Gallery-Goer
Natalie Bergner ... High School Reveler
Nile Berry ... High School Reveler
Wyeth Birch ... High School Reveler
Alexander Davis ... High School Reveler
Dash Davidson ... High School Reveler
Amanda Greenbaum ... High School Reveler
Kate Gill ... High School Reveler
Calla Hastings ... High School Reveler
Matthew A. Jacobs ... High School Reveler
Pablo Marvel ... High School Reveler
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mike S. Ryan ... Homeless Man (uncredited)

Directed by
Lena Dunham 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Lena Dunham  written by

Produced by
Kyle Martin .... producer
Alicia Van Couvering .... producer
Alice Wang .... co-producer
Original Music by
Teddy Blanks 
Cinematography by
Jody Lee Lipes 
Film Editing by
Lance Edmands 
Art Direction by
Jade Healy 
Set Decoration by
Chris Trujillo 
Art Department
Paige A. Flash .... art production assistant (as Paige Flash)
Sound Department
Micah Bloomberg .... sound recordist
Timothy Cleary .... additional sound
David Fisher .... foley artist
Kenji Calderon Miyamoto .... sound effects editor (as Kenji Calderon)
Gene Park .... sound re-recording mixer
Gene Park .... supervising sound editor
Mike Silvestri .... additional sound
Visual Effects by
Benjamin Moses Smith .... visual effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Josh M. Allen .... electrics (as Josh Allen)
Joe Anderson .... focus puller
Joe Anderson .... still photographer
Nick Bentgen .... electrics
Andrew Engert .... grip
Anna Rose Holmer .... grip (as Anna Farrell)
Jeff Peixoto .... gaffer
Editorial Department
Sam Daley .... colorist
Gordon Holmes .... second assistant editor
Patrick McGuinn .... post-production project manager
Tomas Vengris .... assistant editor
Richie Roefaro .... final cut pro technician (uncredited)
Music Department
Patrick Albertson .... additional musician
Patrick Ford .... additional musician
Annie Pearlman .... music supervisor
Other crew
Josh Braun .... distribution advisor: Submarine Enterainment (as Josh Braum)
Desiree Brown .... production assistant
Jeffrey Cristiani .... set operations (as Jeff Cristiani)
André Des Rochers .... legal services: Gary Krauss Des Rochers
Adam Kersh .... publicist
Lisa Kjerulff .... pre-production coordinator
Julia Newman .... script supervisor
Teddy Blanks .... title designer (uncredited)
Zach Clark .... thanks
Carlton DeWoody .... special thanks
Isabel Halley .... thanks
Christianne Hedtke .... thanks
Barbara Jean Kearney .... thanks
Karina Longworth .... thanks
Isaac Mizrahi .... thanks
Annie Pearlman .... thanks
Mike S. Ryan .... thanks
Nat Sanders .... thanks
Ti West .... thanks
Thadd Williams .... thanks
Paul Zucker .... thanks

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98 min
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Contrary to belief, the dialogue was not entirely improvised nor ad-libbed. Lena Dunham said the script was written specifically for amateur actors.See more »
[first lines]
Aura:Honey, I'm home... Family?
Siri:Can you turn your right toe slightly towards me?
Nadine:It hurts.
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27 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
"Tiny Furniture" Is More Than Just A Tiny Film, 29 December 2010
Author: D_Burke from United States

There are some big-name movie stars and directors still alive today who were involved in legendary movies of the 1960's and 1970's, reputed to be Hollywood's Golden Age of Cinema. Although many younger audiences are being re-introduced to them thanks to the advent of DVD and Netflix, many of the films' original stars and/or directors refuse to do commentary for their movies, claiming it ruins the experience of their films because it gives the audience too much information to thoroughly enjoy the movie for what it is.

That being said, I went in to see "Tiny Furniture" with increased anticipation knowing that it was written and directed by its star, 24-year-old Lena Dunham, who also happens to be making her feature-film debut. I had heard that the film was shot on a shoestring budget, and that Dunham's real life mother and sister were to be playing her mother and sister on film as well. Taking those facts into account actually made me enjoy this film immensely, and didn't take anything away from it as far as I could tell.

"Tiny Furniture" taps into familiar territory for recent graduates in their 20's (myself included), as protagonist Aura (Dunham) moves back to her New York City home after graduating from college in the Midwest. She's not sure what to do with her life, but what makes her character even more interesting is her inner conflict. She desires independence as many college graduates do, but she has mixed feelings about leaving her spacious apartment occupied by her artist mother and precocious, college-bound sister. One of my personal favorite quotes is when her mother asks her, "Do you like living here?" and her response is simply, "What kind of question is that? I love living here!" It's certainly not the way I felt when I moved back in with my parents after graduating college, but it's understandable in her case.

The story gets a bit bogged down by subplots that seem to take up unnecessary space in the film, like when an amateur filmmaker from out of town (Alex Karpovsky) crashes at her family's place while finding a place to live. This section of the film seems to come and go with no real explanation or resolution of its significance.

There were also some lapses in storytelling, resulting in the film feeling draggy in some sections, not to mention ending on a slightly inconclusive and very questionable note. Still, those weaknesses did not deter the strengths of this film. The movie is shot incredibly well, with lighting pitch perfect in almost every shot. It's hard to believe that it was shot almost entirely using digital cameras, and it probably shows a new trend in the next generation of filmmakers.

The acting by all those involved was also very convincing, without any hint of rookie mistakes such as looking directly at the camera. I particularly thought Jemima Kirke, who played Aura's best friend Charlotte, provided great comic relief, and was a refreshingly colorful presence whenever she was on screen. Both Dunham and Kirke are destined for bigger and better roles in the future. It also was a brave move for Dunham to hire her real life mother and sister to play opposite her, and it made the interactions between the three of them highly believable.

Dunham doesn't stop there with the brave moves, though. What other actress, either first starting out or already established, would put themselves up on screen wearing nothing but a T-shirt? She does it, though, and it's because the character she plays, like the story she wrote, is true to herself. Not many other filmmakers are that bold.

While the story is not perfect, and some scenes fail to contribute greatly to the story, "Tiny Furniture" is still a very auspicious movie that film school graduates would probably kill to make. It is similar to Martin Scorsese's debut film "Who's That Knocking At My Door" (1968) and Spike Lee's "She's Gotta Have It" (1986) in that it's a small movie with a lot of promise. While it may not be for everyone, Lena Dunham is still a young filmmaker to watch, and I can't wait to see what she comes out with next.

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