Damsels in Distress (2011), Favourite film at T.I.F.F
Director: Whit Stillman, Writer screenplay: Whit Stillman, Stars: Greta Gerwig, Adam Brody and Analeigh Tipton
I must admit that I’m not Whit Stillman’s biggest fan, but I was curious to see this film. Thinking it was a chick flick melodrama, I was pleasantly surprised to find it a comedy and a smart one at that. The rythym and cadence of their speech patterns is a distinguishing feature that makes you feel that it takes place in a parallel universe.The self reflection of their do goody two shoes mandate provides big laughs without having to resort to gross out bodily function humour. Original and classy with a side of sass, this gem needs to get noticed. Damsels in Distress is 9/10
“I have to agree. I never walk out of films but I would have walked out had I not been right in the middle of the row.
The speech patterns were annoying, especially the fake english accent the reasons for which were never fully explored.
I struggled to work out who the Damsels in Distress film was aimed at, my guess would be girls aged 10-13 but that won’t happen with a 15 rating presumeably for the sexual references (another sub plot that wasn’t explored, explained and got very few laughs). “
I am a huge Whit Stillman fan and also this film at TIFF and loved it. The film has all of the regular wit and charm of a Whit Stillman film, but also adds a lot of whimsy as well. Definitely not my favourite film at TIFF, but certainly in my Top 10. I also liked the musical numbers. Can’t wait to purchase this.
Stillman used to be all great monologues and bourgeois living.
This played more like a bunch of abercrombie & fitch models acting
…and singing no less.”
This Damsels in Distress film is hysterical. I can’t understand how anyone would not enjoy watching it. I was giggling furiously at it the entire time.
The characters are completely cut off from anything resembling reality. That’s the point. They’re upperclass twits who have been sheltered all their lives and are living in some sort of fantasy world where the things they talk about, the views they take which the rest of us would consider devoid of any interest at all, are not only subjects of intense interest but are the things their lives revolve around. They’re in college because their parents can afford it. It’s a social world. Like the characters of the three films that came before, their entire lives are driven by social interaction, even their professional lives.
Witness the (funniest) line where the airhead Heather learns about Sisyphus. Her reaction when she hears what the myth of Sisyphus consists of is “”Knucklehead”". As if Sisyphus CHOSE to roll the rock up the mountain only to have it roll back down every time. Divorcement from any reality. How does someone get to college without knowing who Sisyphus is, or, for that matter, what colors are what (without being actually color blind)? And NOT actually be stupid?
The girls are actually smart, but they’re so enclosed in their own world that they have no value to the world outside. The best they can do to further the advancement of mankind is to invent a dance craze. If you don’t think that’s funny, you’re better off at the remake of The Three Stooges.”
I admire Witt Stillman’s ability to capture the “”certainty”" of young adulthood.
Having been a young adult once and having worked with young adults for many years since, I just loved the dialogue in the film.
Yes, it’s exaggerated but it’s close enough to the way that young people think / talk that it’s just awesome.
Consider simply the first donut scene. They give the guy coming in a donut. Why? Because that’s what “”the manual”" or “”studies”" said they were supposed to do.
When it turns out that the guy’s only seeking information (and not suicidal or even depressed) they quickly take the donut away even though he already took a bite out of it already. Again, why? “”Well we’re a non-profit and our sponsors are very strict about these sorts of things…”"
It’s hilarious but I do think it mimics really well how a conscientious 20 year old will act. There are rules. You follow them. Why? Because they’re probably good rules…
Then there is the whole “”Cathar”" scene … Conscientious Lily (and she’s the most skeptical of the bunch) is just too nice to tell the guy that he’s turning out to be _way too weird_. (And remember that his original girlfriend had suddenly dumped him, probably at the very same unexpected point of decision as Lily suddenly found herself in…). That’s exactly why teens and young adults often end up making some fairly big mistakes. Why? Because they just don’t know yet what they don’t know.
Again, just a great, great young adult film … “
she IS from 90210…
It’s not a bad accent at all”
“Exactly j-curll. This Damsels in Distress film requires having a sense of humour!
“I have heard this … BUT the accent is so appalling, I cannot sit through the film in order to get to this ‘reveal’*. I am British and this actress’s attempt to sound Upper Class English is pretty poor. I feel kinda bad for her as she doesn’t have a high profile and unlike Anne Hathaway in One Day (who could ride the bad publicity), i don’t know if she will cope with all the flack she will get from the UK. We are pretty unrelenting about bad accents. It will be a shock to her and to the impeccably mannered Stillman.
*Stillman had to explain the accent in the plot it was so bad. But, initially he though she was good. In the words of Russell Crowe “”you’ve got tin ears, mate”"”
our cinematic culture has de-evolved to such a degree that people don’t appreciate intelligent, original and witty films when they see it. i liked it, and although it was flawed, the dialogue was unique. what some think as slow and boring have no taste but for apatow insipid comedies and the like.
ITA! [[yes]] I liked that the humor wasn’t based on crazy “stuff” but just the observational dialogue that we can all totally relate to and often find amusing. Characters like Frank or Thor would’ve been so milked for laughs in a mainstream movie!
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