Damsels in Distress:

Discreet Charms: A Whit Stillman Retrospective

Saturday, October 26 | 5:30 pm


Whit Stillman’s Damsels in Distress is a sparkling, satirical comedy about a trio of beautiful girls who 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 men—including 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. A giddy, philosophical romp from “one of the exemplary movie artists of recent decades” Damsels in Distress is a “great movie. A vast fund of grace, wit, and humor,” in the words of the New Yorker’s Richard Brody.


Director Whit Stillman | 2011 | In English | 99 minutes | PG-13 (for mature thematic content including some sexual material) | DCP

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