Damsels in Distress

Synopsis: Violet and her two cohorts attempt to help their "less-fortunate" students at Seven Oaks College - primarily by running a Suicide Prevention Centre and offering their off-beat advice whenever they get a chance. Violet's newest rescue is transfer student, Lily, and Violet wants to teach her how to talk and dress properly, and how to select appropriate men to be interested in. Along their way in helping everybody at the college, the damsels teach the fraternity doofi to hit the books, they get their hearts broken, but then attempt to start an international dance craze.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Whit Stillman
Production: Sony Pictures Classics
  1 win & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
99 min

is that that was intentional.


Frank, this is Lily.

She's just come to Seven Oaks

as a transfer student. lsn't she great?

Lily failed

or wasn't happy at her last school.

We're sure that she's going

to adapt here.

- ln fact, she already has.

- Oh, good.

Oh, my God. A golden oldie.

l love these.

- Oh, my gosh. Wasn't that great?

- That was really fun.

l know that people can have

useful careers in many areas.

Medicine, government, law, finance.

- Education.

- Yes, even education.

But l'd like to do something

especially significant in my lifetime.

That could change the course

of human history.

- Such as starting a new dance craze.

- Really?

Yes. Something that could

improve the lives...

...of every person and every couple.

l'm so proud

of what you accomplished last night.

You showed those guys

a really good time.

Without anything really bad

happening. That's good.

The guys you know,

are they all Greeks?

- What?

- Are all the guys you know Greeks?

Excuse me. l don't understand.

Are all the guys you know Greeks?

- l don't think we know any Greeks.

- Greeks, like frat boys.

Oh, yes. Fraternities.

You mean members

of the Greek-letter fraternities.

Yeah. Like last night.

Actually, last night

we were at the DU house. DU.

Roman letters. Not Greek.

Seven Oaks has never had

a Greek-letter fraternity system.

lt's always been

a Roman-letter system here.

lt's very different.

- What house is this?

- Oh, this isn't a fraternity.

At least not one anyone

should want to join.

You probably think we're frivolous,

empty-headed college coeds.

You're probably right.

l often feel empty-headed.

We're trying to make a difference

in people's lives.

One way to do that is to stop them

from killing themselves.

Have you ever heard of

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Whit Stillman

John Whitney "Whit" Stillman (born January 25, 1952) is an American writer-director known for his 1990 film Metropolitan, which earned him a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, and the 1998 romantic drama The Last Days of Disco. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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