Promotional film poster
|Directed by||Lena Dunham|
Alicia Van Couvering
|Written by||Lena Dunham|
|Music by||Teddy Blanks|
|Cinematography||Jody Lee Lipes|
|Edited by||Lance Edmands|
|Distributed by||IFC Films|
|Running time||98 minutes|
It premiered at South by Southwest, where it won Best Narrative Feature, screened at such festivals as Maryland Film Festival, and was released theatrically in the United States on November 12, 2010. Dunham’s own mother, the artist Laurie Simmons, plays Aura’s mother, while her real sister, Grace, plays Aura’s on-screen sibling. The actors Jemima Kirke and Alex Karpovsky would also appear in Dunham's television series Girls.
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Aura returns home from her Midwest liberal arts college to her artist family’s TriBeCa loft with nothing but a film studies degree, a failed relationship and a lack of direction. She takes a job as a hostess at a restaurant and falls into relationships with two self-centered men while struggling to define herself.
The film focuses on the relationship of Aura with her mother, Siri, a successful photographer. Aura reads her mother's teenage journals, perhaps for guidance or inspiration. In the film's final scene, Aura confesses having read the journals; her mother says she doesn't mind. Aura asks about her mother's many male friends at that time, and her mother responds that she had been experimenting, like Aura is doing now. That moment of understanding contrasts with conflict between the two for most of the film. The film's title refers to her mother's signature photographic subject, miniature furniture.
The film also focuses on Aura's relationship with her 17-year-old sister Nadine, and Aura's best friend from childhood, Charlotte. All three—Aura, Nadine, and Charlotte—are budding artists, which provides for exploration of their planned paths as well as rivalry between Aura and the other two.
- Lena Dunham as Aura
- Laurie Simmons as Siri
- Grace Dunham as Nadine
- Jemima Kirke as Charlotte
- Alex Karpovsky as Jed
- David Call as Keith
- Merritt Wever as Frankie
- Amy Seimetz as Ashlynn
- Garland Hunter as Noelle
- Isen Ritchie as Jacob
- Mike S. Ryan as Homeless Man
The film was shot on the Canon EOS 7D. Filming took place in TriBeCa and Lower Manhattan. The film was shot in November 2009. Dunham says she wrote a "tight script" to which the actors were faithful.
The soundtrack included music by Teddy Blanks of The Gaskets, Domino (Domino Kirke, and Jordan Galland), Rebecca Schiffman and Sonia's Party! & The Everyone's Invited Band. The soundtrack is downloadable for free on the movie website.
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