Tiny Furniture by Lena Dunham – 2010

January 3, 2012 § Leave a comment

Aura is not so beautiful girl to be the most important character of the film and her beautiful friend is absolutely odd and just silly. Aura has just come back home from her college, just graduated, just arrived, just not part of the family anymore.

This amazing independent film is really well directed and shot. Lights are inspiring and locations are empty like Aura’s life. Aura’s mother embodies perfect not freak anymore mother who reached success doing photos and who doesn’t know how to be a mother at all. She only put her just arrived daughter in the position of feeling a loser because she is a good professional and the daughter isn’t.

Failures and failures after going back home. That’s life for new generation who can not find room for working, leaving, paying bills, having babies because there is economical crisis and there is no job for anyone young at all.

At least, mother gives a roof and food and fuel. That’s great. Even when Nora tries to be hostess at the restaurant. Sadly she earns 179 dollars and something. She can’t be compared with her mother who didn’t even tried to have a different job during her life. She didn’t need to do that because when she was the same age of her daughter there were room for people who wanted to be photographer¬† to live. Good for her, bad for Aura, and for us.

Entering the adult age without hope is not so easy. Thank you the director for conveying this situation so well. This is a lovely film and even credits are extremely cute.

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ARRANGED by Diane Crespo and Stefan C. Schaefer 2007

January 3, 2012 § Leave a comment

Although Rochel and Nasira grew up and live in Brooklyn, New York, they not only are religious but they are even orthodox.¬† This films helps people like me who do not believe in religions and they fight for feminism to better understand other people’s choices and respect them.

Rachel lives with her orthodox Jewish family. So does Nasira, who is part of a muslim family. Both of them teach at elementary school in Brooklyn and they ended up in the same class. They become closer facing a superficial and disrespectful head-teacher who tries to patronize both women giving them suggestions in order to be part of the so called “free” society. She even gives lessons about her idea of feminism which actually is connected to clothes and superficial stuff. The lady sooner become the only bad example of behavior in this splendid film.

Also this independent film is really good acted. Rochel is a discrete but really determined person and Nasira not only is thoughtful and generous friend but also she is extremely open-minded and she tries to balance her point of view with the one of her religion. Despite religious rules, those women are really independent.  This is the most important thing this film is able to depict.

Plot is delicate and dialogues are not banal at all. If someone fears a stereotyped script can go for this film free of doubts. It is interesting to figure out if a situation like this would be possible outside New York. Maybe not yet, but it is a good start, I’d say. I strongly recommend to watch this film in order to better listen and understand each others learning that religious people can be interesting too.

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