CAST & CREW
Whit Stillman returns after about a fifteen-year break from film making with yet another youth-centric and comedy film titled, ' Damsels in Distress'.
A clique of three young girls, Violet (Gerwig), Rose (Echikunwoke) and Heather (MacLemore), that study at Seven Oaks College recruit their newest member, Lily ( Analeigh Tipton). Together, the girls are on a two-fold mission- first, to uplift the fellow students from their depressions or miseries by running a Suicide Prevention Centre on the campus, and second, to establish an international craze for dance by the name of Sambola.
One major plus point of the film is the performances by its cast. However, it is the driver of the film, Greta Gerwig who steals the limelight. Her subtle portrayal of the dominator among the damsels is noteworthy. It can be said that if the film has managed to keep its viewers hooked onto it, it’s because of her. With a non-perfect script, Greta has given a performance that may as well be defined as her career from hereon.
After what seems like a long time, a teen drama film has been successful in keeping an audience of different ages interested in its plot. A very strong reason behind this interest is in fact the comic gags. This film breaks out from the clichéd campus-musicals by driving the film’s characters with a huge amount of innocence. Although the film directs itself to the student community, it is possible for it to have failed at attracting the desired audience. The non-student viewership is likely to get bored throughout the a film that follows four prim and proper girls who solve issues of inferior students.
1. Music and dance.
2. Light comedy.
3. Good performances.
4. An insight into adolescent problems.
WHAT’S NOT THERE?
1. A storyline good enough to attract middle-aged audience is highly lacking.
2. Even the student viewers may find it difficult to hang on till the end of the film.
The damsels will either make you fall in love with the film or hate it to the core. Avoid the film if you’re not into student drama.
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