In this week's Scene, Emily Bartlett Hines talks to writer-director-star Lena Dunham, whose micro-budget comedy Tiny Furniture (opening today at The Belcourt) has landed her strong notices and an upcoming collaboration with Judd Apatow. A little about the movie from Hines' piece:
A few days after leaving college, the protagonist of Tiny Furniture is already losing her grip on the maturity and sophistication that a film-theory graduate should possess. Shaving in the family bathroom, she finds herself lectured on her personal failings by her teenage sister: "I'm not so overshare-y like you. I'm not just gonna go down into mom's studio and be like, 'Mom ... my heart is so broken, and my vagina hurts so much!'"
A metaphorical hurty vagina plagues Aura throughout Furniture, but it's for reasons many viewers will relate to. She returns home with no job, no plan and no boyfriend (he broke up with her, citing a need to "build a shrine to his ancestors out of a dying tree"), only to wander pantsless around her family's spacious loft, intimidated by her artist mother's success. Writer/director Lena Dunham depicts these woes with a naturalistic attention to detail that makes for explosive comedy.