Two more ‘Damsels in Distress’ reviews

In case you haven’t read enough reviews of Damsels in Distress yet, here are a couple I haven’t yet linked to.

First, following the Venice screening, is this positive verdict (which contains mild spoilers) from Sight & Sound magazine’s blog. Gabe Klinger likes how much is, or isn’t, made explicit about the characters:

As in the director’s previous films, Damsels wears superficiality on its sleeve but ultimately manages to express something more deeply felt about its characters in the calibrated space that it leaves between scenes. It’s refreshing to see a movie dealing with young people that rewards the audience by not bombarding them with every detail they need to know about the characters (per Mean Girls (2004) and its ilk) right at the outset. Stillman also seems to be playing consciously with the disconcertment of an audience who will have to scratch their heads wondering whether they’re watching rote teen fair or a serious arthouse experiment (it stays tethered somewhere in between).

Second, off the back of Toronto, is Richard Corliss, writing for Time. He’s enthusiastic, ending his short review with this paragraph:

But we suspect that Stillman’s spokesman is Frank, a frat-rat currently working on “a history of the decline of decadence.” (The movie might be a larkish essay on the consequences of inconsequentiality.) Told that he’s romanticizing the past, Frank says, “Well, the past is gone, so we might as well romanticize it.” No less than Terence Davies’ The Deep Blue Sea, Stillman’s film is a tribute to emotions and genres a half-century old – sort of Gidget meets The Group. Innocence deserted teen movies ages ago, but it makes a comeback, revived and romanticized, in this joyous anachronism.

It also sounds like it’s well worth sticking around for the closing credits of the movie, so don’t go rushing out when you finally get to see the film!

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  1. Whit Stillman will be attending the Austin Film Festival on Thursday, October 20th for a panel titled “Character Voices: A Conversation with Whit Stillman,” which will be an intimate and in-depth conversation with the writer-director of METROPOLITAN, BARCELONA, and THE LAST DAYS OF DISCO. Come check it out!

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