A recent college graduate returns home while she tried to figure out what to do with her life.
Directed by Lena Dunham
Written by Lena Dunham
Starring Lena Dunham, Laurie Simmons and Grace Dunham
Released 30th March 2012 (UK)
Run Time 98 minutes
Having watched this I have nothing but complete respect and absolute admiration for Lena Dunham; the writer, director and star of this film. At just 26 years old she has achieved all of these things. Its refreshing to see a young woman achieving great things in the film industry, its empowering and inspiring. Dunham doesn’t fit with the stereotypical Hollywood actress idea; she’s somewhat unconventional, and this is something that resonates a lot with me.
Needless to say her part in this film is also an unconventional girl struggling to decide what to do with her life and her recent college degree in art. So it is in a sense a film about herself. I can see why this may not appeal to many audience members, possibly men more so than women, but it adresses an issue close to any student or recent graduates heart. For me this was the major selling point of the film.
The narrative is very real; its not over the top and it doesn’t base itself in fantasy or hyperrealism. Its accessible and easy to relate to.
There’s nothing particularly outstanding about the way its filmed, the editing, the cinematography, or even the performances themselves really. But its a very nice, relatable and at times humorous story.
I didn’t feel like the characters were particularly developed, even the main character whom I did relate quite a lot to wasn’t very detailed or deep. Thinking back I don’t feel like I actually got to know the characters quite as much as you do in many films, which is a shame.
All in all though, I really enjoyed this film. I love that it was a bit of a risk; a film entirely written and directed by a woman is unlikely to reach the level of recognition that it might deserve but its inspiring for someone like me, and I think it probably resonates quite a lot with other young people too.