I Do Movies Badly: Tiny Furniture
Mumblecore Part 2 wraps up with the best film of the bunch, Lena Dunham’s Tiny Furniture, an assured feature from the Girls creator that uses exemplary directorial work and semi-autobiographical truth to comment on the directionless transitionary post-college period that a return to affluence in no way helps assuage.
Also, last episode for a few weeks. Summer break and then back in August!
To me the main difference between this & Funny Ha Ha is that it looked much more polished. The film resolution was higher, and the apartment itself looked like it had been art-directed. I suppose it was also funnier, but still hardly a laugh out loud comedy.
Her family’s wealth may not have given Aura “direction”, but “comfort”? I’d say it did. She’d be much less comfortable without it. She’s comfortable enough that she feels free to quit her job almost immediately after taking it since she wasn’t really depending on it as a source of income (instead it was just a way for her to claim that she would eventually pay her mom back, which she never actually does).
One thing that stuck out in my mind that you didn’t bring up in your discussion is that Aura’s sister is dismissive of the poetry award and what she wrote to get it. Everything just comes easier to her. Aura also feels inferior compared to her own mother’s diaries detailing where she was at Aura’s age.