Damsels in Distress

  • 92'
  • USA
  • 2011
With Metropolitan (Oscar nomination), Barcelona and The Last Days of Disco, director/scriptwriter/producer Whit Stillman had three of the most important American independent films of the 1990s to his name. After an absence of 13 years, he returns with this comedy. Again the succinct dialogues are most striking in his always rather bizarre characters.
Stillman lets us take a look into the soul of rich American adolescents. Three attractive young female students, led by the dominant Violet, take the newcomer Lily under their wing. They teach her how to behave, who to date and, strikingly, how to prevent suicide on campus. But then men turn up on the scene.
This summary hardly does justice to a plot filled with strange turns. Stillman adds another tragicomic chapter to the subgenre of girlfriend clique films that took off with Clueless, helped by a cast with TV stars Analeigh Tipton, Adam Brody and Megalyn Echikunwoke.

Director
Whit Stillman
Country of production
USA
Production Year
2011
Festival Edition
IFFR 2012
Length
92'
Medium
DCP
Language
English
Producer
Whit Stillman
Production Company
Westerly Films
Sales
Sony Pictures Classics
Screenplay
Whit Stillman
Cinematography
Doug Emmett
Editor
Andrew Hafitz
Production Design
Elizabeth J. Jones
Sound Design
Mikhail Sterkin
Music
Mark Suozzo, Adam Schlesinger
Cast
Greta Gerwig, Adam Brody
Local Distributor
Sony Pictures Releasing Netherlands
Website
http://www.sonyclassics.com/damselsindistress