Previously at the ICA - Films

Damsels in Distress

4 May 201215 May 2012

Films like this don’t come along that often.

Whit Stillman made three of the most important American independent films of the 90s (Metropolitan, Barcelona, The Last Days of Disco), and was major influence on generation of filmmakers including Wes Anderson (Rushmore, The Royal Tennenbaums) and Noah Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale).

His first film in over a decade finally arrives, and it’s a joy to hear the sharp and witty dialogue he writes so well. Greta Gerwig (Hannah Takes The Stairs, Greenberg) stars as Violet Wister, an East Coast University student who leads her roommates in an effort to revolutionize life at their grungy university, which has a disproportionately high suicide rate. In all earnestness, the fragrant group attempt to help severely depressed students with a regime of good scent and musical dance numbers.

Dir: Whit Stillman, US, 2011, 99 mins, 15 cert.
Cast: Greta Gerwig, Adam Brody, Analeigh Tipton, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Carrie MacLemore, Hugo Becker.

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