Director: Lena Dunham
Running Time: 1 hr. 39 min.
We’re coming down to the wire. Seniors, congrats on graduation in four weeks! Now, what is the next step? For those who are unsure about what to do post-graduation, here’s a quirky film for your taste buds. Also, if you liked it, you should check out Dunham’s HBO series Girls on Sundays (began April 15).
The film is about Aura, a recent graduate of an Ohio university who moves back into her mother’s apartment in New York City. Between being ignored by her mother and overachieving sister, she reconnects with a childhood friend, meets potential lovers, and tries to figure out how to make a living as a successful artist (filmmaker) like her mother (a photographer).
What makes the film so great is its realistic portrayal of a soul-searching college graduate. Both Aura’s mother and sister are played by Dunham’s real-life mother and sister, so the chemistry is palpable and sometimes uncomfortable. Each scene is quiet like the decor in her mother’s apartment, but brings a vulnerable side to each of the characters. The film in general speaks ‘hipster,’ not just in it’s New York City setting, but its young characters and the struggles they face.
This tiny film is great for those who need a little encouragement awaiting graduation (or awaiting the adult world in general). For me, it gave me hope that in the few months after my graduation (in May 2014) I will be a struggling artist coming to her own terms.
By the way, this is the last Criterion Collection Pick of the Week of the year. Thank you devoted fans for reading this and I hope to bring up more interesting films to discover in the next year. Stay tuned in two weeks for my anti-blockbuster summer movie guide for all things not The Avengers and Dark Knight Rises.