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Lena Dunham demonstrates a keen eye for detail, a sharp ear for dialogue and a nice line in deadpan playing in this, her debut feature. Although clearly influenced by Jerry Seinfeld and Woody Allen, she imposes her own personality as Aura, a middling film student struggling to compete with the overachievements of her photographer mother and precocious teenage sibling. The bohemian New York environment she inhabits is bolstered by Jed (Alex Karpovsky), an internet sensation slumming it while negotiating a TV deal, and Keith (David Call), a bookish chef and potential boyfriend. The whip-smart satire is enlivened further by Jemima Kirke, who's hilarious as Aura's ditzy pal, Charlotte. The 20-something writer/director also casts her real-life sister, Grace Dunham, and their mother, Laurie Simmons, as her family, lending an intriguingly witty autobiographical element to proceedings.
A university graduate returns to her home town, having been abandoned by her boyfriend and finding herself with no career prospects. As she settles back into the life she had tried to escape, she makes a series of disastrous decisions while working out what to do with her life. Comedy drama, directed by and starring Lena Dunham. With Laurie Simmons and Grace Dunham.
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Swearing, drug abuse, a sex scene, brief nudity.
30 Mar 2012
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