This movie is a lovely portrait of a pagan family doing as well as a pagan family can. Aura’s mother’s life is as hard as anyone’s, as hard as any woman’s, dealing with the ups and downs of daughters raised with apparently neither father nor morals nor purpose, loving each other as best wounded people can. It is a morality of endurance. They endure the hurt of body and mind and snuggle around each other with permission, on nights of particular pain. The characters are engaging, but not inspiring. The girl is fat. She is not magical. She is not honest.She is not brave. She is not beautiful. She has sex with a guy who already has a girlfriend, in a pipe on the street. She has an animal loyalty to her den mates, and she delivers the love she knows. She doesn’t know any other way, her school didn’t teach her any other way, her mother didn’t teach her any other way, she is a more successful abused woman, that is all. Four stars for an honest pagan snapshot. I only give five star for characters who find a transcendent way out.
Netflix review of Tiny Furniture.