Friday, December 23, 2011

1666 - Tiny Furniture

I remembered there being some buzz about this film when it was first being released so I was pretty excited to see it end up on netflix.  This is my first intro into Lena Dunham, but she seems to be doing pretty well for herself - on top of this successful indie she's got a series in the works at HBO with Judd Apatow.  No small feat.
It's hard to describe this film without resorting to the cliches - it's a coming of age story about a girl who thinks her life is far more tragic than it is.  Now that sounds like it's terrible but it's truly not.  Dunham is always aware whenever her character is acting a little out of sorts and the scenes play accordingly.  She has absolutely no issue making herself the butt of the joke - all to our pleasure.  This could have been a terribly pretentious film but thanks to the vision of the film it actually works quite well.  There are loads of stuff that's never truly resolved and it's got a, more or less, anticlimactic and somewhat unsatisfactory ending, but there's some really lovely stuff in and amongst all of that.  Dunham is also exciting as an actress and you really do find yourself falling for this woman as the film goes along. 
If you're not into somewhat arty films you won't like this at all, and if you're into really arty films this might not be your bag either.  If you live somewhere in between those two than you might just want to give it a try.  I'm glad I did.

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