Thirteen years passed between writer/director Whit Stillman’s third film, The Last Days of Disco
, and his fourth, the charmingly quirky Damsels in Distress
. In some ways, it’s like he never missed a beat: Damsels
revels in the sharp dialogue and funny character quirks that defined Stillman’s earlier movies. In other ways, though, time reveals how little he’s seemed to develop during his extended absence.
The movie centers on a group of female college friends led by Violet (Greta Gerwig), a talkative, determined young woman just as intent on keeping her campus’ suicide-prevention center opened and staffed as she is on starting a popular dan...