Indiewire lists Whit Stillman’s Metropolitan as one of the 25 Movies That Defined The Sundance Film Festival. Scroll down a third of the page on Indiewire to see it.
What It’s About: A group of wealthy, upper-class New York college students return home for the winter break of their freshman year during the Debutante Ball season, where old and new relationship entanglements ensue.
Year It Played Sundance: 1990, with a lineup that also included “House Party,” “Longtime Companion,” “Cinema Paradiso” and “The Unbelievable Truth” (featured above).
How Was It Received At The Time? While some critics found the air of Stillman’s milieu just too rarefied, most received the film warmly, especially its fearless wordiness, with Roger Ebert identifying it as “dialogue…in which the characters discuss ideas and feelings instead of simply marching through plot points as most Hollywood characters do” and “a film about people covering their own insecurities with a facade of social ease.”