A Ring of Truth
Release Date: November 12, 2010
Starring: Lena Dunham, Laurie Simmons,
Grace Dunham, Jemima Kirke,
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 99 minutes
Distributor: IFC Films
Director: Lena Dunham
Executive Producer: None
Producer: Kyle Martin, Alicia von
Writer: Lena Dunham
Address Comments To:Jonathan Sehring, President, IFC Films/IFC Entertainment
Joshua Sapan, President/CEO, Rainbow Media Holdings LLC
(Independent Film Channel/IFC Films/IFC First Take/AMC/WE)
11 Penn Plaza
New York, NY 10001
Phone: (212) 324-8500
TINY follows the aimless misadventures of Aura, a new college graduate who has no idea what to do with her life. She moves in with her artistic mother (played by Dunham’s real-life mother, Laurie Simmons) and younger sister Nadine (played by Dunham’s real-life sister, Grace) in Manhattan. Then, she gets a dead-end job as a hostess in a restaurant, where she pines for nearly any guy who catches her eye yet never attracts any serious interest in response.
Along the way, Aura hangs out with her best friend, Charlotte (Jemima Kirke in a comically jazzed-up performance). She also tries to make a move on a ridiculously lazy male poet (Alex Karpovsky), whom she allows to stay in her mom’s room while the mom and sister are away on a business trip. Then, Aura has awkward and humorously embarrassing sex with a complete jerk who just wanted to use her as a connection to prescription drugs. At the end, having lost her dignity several times over, Aura emotionally reconciles with her mother. It becomes clear she’s going to be moving into her mom’s apartment for quite some time to come, her life still unresolved with no direction but at least on a more solid footing with her mother.
TINY FURNITURE is well acted and has the ring of truth from start to finish, as far as depicting the lives of aimless artists who were spoiled by their parents’ divorce and having too many of their needs coddled throughout their lives. The deadpan tone and dialogue may seem odd to fans of big mainstream movies, but for those who enjoy character-driven, independent films, this is a clear winner. It may not depict the kind of hard-working characters we like people to be, but it does shine a light on a subset of unchurched young adults and reminds us of the joy we receive from faith while accurately depicting the frequent emptiness felt by those who have no faith. The movie’s lewd content warrants extreme caution, however.
TINY FURNITURE is well acted and has a ring of truth. For example, it accurately depicts the lives of aimless artists who were spoiled by their parents’ divorce and having too many of their needs coddled throughout their lives. The deadpan tone and dialogue may seem odd, but it has a funny charm. TINY FURNITURE shines a light on a subset of unchurched young adults with empty lives and no faith. The movie’s lewd content warrants extreme caution, however.