Jon Lyus of heyyouguys.co.uk writes this about Damsels in Distress:
In a recent interview Greta Gerwig described Whit Stillman’s Damsels in Distress as a candy-coloured black comedy and this is neatly accurate description of Stillman’s return to directing some thirteen years after the release of The Last Days of Disco.
The film is out on DVD today (no UK Blu-ray yet sadly, and this film would really benefit from the transfer) and as it’s a film I wanted to throw a spotlight on and urge you to take a moment to welcome another fine performance from Greta Gerwig.
Once called the mumblecore Meryl Streep Gerwig’s career path is far more exciting than this reductive description offers. If you delve into her early work with Joe Swanberg, one of the key figures in the mumblecore movement, her screen presence already is vital. Her work in Hannah Takes the Stairs and Night and Weekends (which she co-wrote and co-directed) is impeccable, and in the low-budget limelight she has the naturalistic quality so key to the movement yet is able to stand out, to linger in the mind.