4.0, United States/Canada


1990 / Whit Stillman > Having the vibes of an upper class, Manhattan Pretty in Pink, Stillman’s directorial debut tackles ideas of social mobility and structure through the eyes of college students on Christmas vacation. Heavily conversation-based, it’s funny, sardonic and Chris Eigeman’s Nick Smith defines both the film and much of his generation. The writing is incredibly sharp and witty, with intelligent one-liners that drive home each respectable point. It’s surprising that this has been off the radar of indie cultists for so long, but that should change with the recent remastered release of the film by Criterion.