“I don’t like the word depressed,” says Greta Gerwig‘s character Violet in the trailer for Whit Stillman‘s new movie Damsels in Distress. “I prefer to say that I’m in a tailspin.”
It’s the first movie from Stillman in 14 years (his last release was The Last Days of Disco starring Chloe Sevigny and Kate Beckinsale), but it appears that time hasn’t diminished his distinctive droll dialogue, nor has it altered his fondness for talky WASPish characters championing middle class living.
The plot centres on a trio of young women who set out to revolutionise life at a grungy East Coast College with Violet (Greta Gerwig) as the group’s leader. They befriend a transfer student named Lily played by Analeigh Tipton (who you may remember from cycle 11 of America’s Next Top Model or her role as Steve Carell’s smitten babysitter in Crazy, Stupid, Love.), and they band together to rescue their fellow students from depression, grunge and low standards of every kind.
The cast includes Aubrey Plaza and Alia Shawkat – beacons of acerbic deadpan delivery in their respective career jaunts – as well as their male counterpart Seth Cohen/Adam Brody.