“Damsels in Distress” is a comedy-drama film released in 2011, written and directed by Whit Stillman. The movie follows the story of a group of college women, led by the eccentric and idealistic Violet, played by Greta Gerwig, who are on a mission to improve the lives of their fellow students by helping them overcome their personal problems.
As they navigate the challenges of college life, including romantic entanglements, academic struggles, and cultural clashes, Violet and her friends embark on a series of quirky and often hilarious schemes to help their peers. Along the way, they must confront their own insecurities and challenges, including the fear of being labeled as “damsels in distress.”
The film explores themes of friendship, identity, and the pursuit of happiness. It received mixed reviews from critics, with some praising its quirky humor and unique perspective on college life, while others found it to be too self-indulgent and lacking in substance.
Despite its mixed reception, “Damsels in Distress” remains a cult classic among fans of independent cinema and is often cited as an example of Whit Stillman’s distinct style and sensibility.
Duration: 99 min.