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Took my movie group to see Damsels in Distress this weekend, and found another gem from director Whit Stillman. This is a quirky, deadpan comedy that follows the exploits of 4 coeds through a year at an imaginary East Coast college. The action is more contemplative and the story is driven by sharp dialog and wry social insights, not unlike a Woody Allen film.
Violet (Greta Gertwig) is the most pedantic of the lot, and feels it is her duty to show her friends the benefits of dating men less cool than themselves in order to lift them up to their potential.
She also runs the campus Suicide Prevention Center where she offers a program of good hygiene and tap dancing to lift the spirits of those who come to her.
The look of the film is timeless, while the wardrobe seems very '60s, the girls bemoan the lack of written communication in the age of email. It does ramble at times, and is not trying to get across some great insight, but it is a fun, refreshing movie well worth the time and the popcorn.
Here is a link to the trailer: