Damsels in Distress is a comedy about a trio of beautiful girls as they set out to revolutionize life at a grungy American university the dynamic leader Violet Wister (Greta Gerwig), principled Rose (Megalyn Echikunwoke) and sexy Heather (Carrie MacLemore). They welcome transfer student Lily (Analeigh Tipton) into their group which seeks to help severely depressed students with a program of good hygiene and musical dance numbers. The girls become romantically entangled with a series of menincluding smooth Charlie (Adam Brody), dreamboat Xavier (Hugo Becker) and the mad frat pack of Frank (Ryan Metcalf) and Thor (Billy Magnussen) who threaten the girls friendship and sanity. –Sony Pictures
A writer/director whose light, urbane sensibility launched him to the forefront of the American independent filmmaking movement of the ‘90s, Whit Stillman was born in New York City in 1952. The son of a member of John F. Kennedy’s Presidential administration and an impoverished debutante, he was raised in the upstate New York area of Cornwall, and later attended Harvard University, where he wrote humor pieces for the college daily. Upon graduating in 1973, Stillman relocated to Manhattan and began working as a journalist. While in Spain in 1980 for his wedding, he met a group of film producers and attempted to convince them that he could sell their movies to Spanish-language cable television stations in the U.S. The producers ultimately agreed, and Stillman spent the next several years as an international sales agent for Spanish filmmakers including Fernando Trueba and Fernando Colomo. He also occasionally appeared in motion pictures, including Trueba’s 1982 work Sal Gorda and Colomo’s… read more
This is probably not a great movie (the story is stilted and in general not very well told) but it's more than enough to suck a bit of the cynicism out of me, which is always welcomed.
A goofball trifle but I had a lot of fun. Seems to take place in its own universe almost as much as a David Lynch film (and the dance sequences wouldn't be out of place in a Lynch film.) I liked the guy who just discovered colors and the extremely roundabout way of describing anal sex (?) unless I completely misunderstood that.
As Damsels in Distress opens, Stillman crisscrosses the City for revivals and Qs&As.
Strong films by Karim Aïnouz, Julia Loktev, and Alejandro Landes, and disappointments from Todd Solondz, Whit Stillman, and Guo Xiaolu.
Raves, mostly, for Stillman’s first feature in 13 years.
There are certain people that are befuddled by Whit Stillman films. Viewers that like realism in their movies will be disappointed because his films are not about realistic interactions; they are fairy… read review
Whit Stillman creates characters that seem stuck out of time. They speak in measured, intelligent prose that sounds invariably written. They carry themselves as if they are walking amongst the high… read review
Wonderful, Whit Stillman movies are usually an acquired taste. This and Last Days of disco are his most accessible films to begin with. As each film seems to bring him more into the mainstream. This… read review