Shares mood of romantic desolation with other indie films directed by young American women
BY MIRIAM RINN
The good news is that women directors are making their mark on the American indie film scene, but it's sure no picture of sunshine and roses. Of the three features directed by young American women — "The Freebie" by Katie Aselton; "Tiny Furniture" by Lena Dunham; "You Wont Miss Me" by Ry Russo-Young — I've seen in the last several months, Russo-Young's is the darkest and saddest, but all three films share a mood of romantic desolation, an atmosphere of emotional fragility. The young women in these films struggle to find a sense of purpose and some joy in what seems a muted, smudged existence. Even when things look good, as in "The Freebie," that's just an illusion. The protagonist in "Tiny Furniture" is the sturdiest by far, held up by a sense of humor, but she too must endure sexual humiliation and deep disappointment. It's a tough, cold world for these daughters of the feminist movement.