In Lena Dunham’s hit indie comedyTiny Furniture, she plays Aura, a recently minted college grad who has come home to her art star mother, overachieved high school-aged sister and the Tribeca loft they live in. As Aura navigates the rocky shoals of post-college life, the loft her family lives in plays a kind of understated character in the film. Is it really home, or just a way station to the dreamed-of New York apartment she aims to share with a college buddy? Can she do as she pleases or must she ask her mother’s permission to have a friend over, or to drink a bottle of wine? All told, it’s a charming debut film made all the more remarkable by the fact that Dunham’s mother and sister play Aura’s mother and sister, and that the film was shot in the loft the family actually inhabits. I had a quick chat with Laurie Simmons—Dunham’s on and off-screen mom and a successful artist—about seeing her house onscreen, the demerits of overhead lighting, and who designed those hilarious white cabinets.
December 21, 2010