[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
The Virgin Suicides
Beautiful, mysterious, haunting, invariably fatal. Just like life.
A group of male friends become obsessed with five mysterious sisters who are sheltered by their strict, religious parents.
The title is trivial as a spoiler for the film. To clarify, The Virgin Suicides is not about teenaged girls killing themselves, in the least is it because of overbearing parents keeping them from sex. It's about youth ending, idealism crumbling and life changing; the thoughts of emptiness in the happy-go-lucky days of unbeknownst perfection turning into the oddity that is growing up, finding love, discovering sex and making the rest of your way for yourself after your parents can no longer. It's quite simply lovely.
The film's surface rests heavily on this eponymous tragedy, but it isn't this under the face value, especially in the sense of tone. Sofia Coppola does transfer between making the mood an awkward teen…
Do you have a film that makes you so happy but so completely sad at the same time? Because this film, this hazy and soft and sparkly film is mine.
As soon as we see the title it suggests that you are going into a depressing film and this certainly is one. With a mysterious, melancholic and sometimes haunting atmosphere Sofia Coppola was able to do a solid debut with her The Virgin Suicides.
This tells the story of five beautiful girls, full of life are forbidden to live their adolescence in a normal way by the restricted orders of their religious parents.
Is difficult to talk about this film without spoiling much and I don't wanna do it for the ones who haven't seen it yet. I will just say that freedom is one of the best things we can have in life. Living in cloistered is not easy or good for our mental health.
The performances are solid from all of the actors, it's visually beautiful and has a great the soundtrack.
There's some adequate skill from Sofia Coppola on display here, but the film is sadly a bit aimless, bouncing around all over the place, not sure who or what to follow. I also didn't like how the film's ending was "resolved" with ambiguity instead of actually showing the audience what the movie was supposedly building up to the whole time.
That being said, for a feature debut, Coppola could have done a lot worse. The mood and atmosphere is strong here; at times the film has an almost "horror" vibe to it, which threw me off, but in a good way. Also, some of the younger performers, such as Kristen Dunst and Josh Hartnett, do a fine job at carrying…
"Obviously, Doctor, you've never been a 13-year-old girl."
Although there is a lot of screen-time devoted to Kirsten Dunst's teeth, so that's nice. I like her teeth. I didn't like this movie.
Josh Hartnett looks ridiculous in that wig.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
One of the most sincerest and profound movies I've ever seen, The Virgin Suicides is an interesting look on the affects on family and friends of teenage suicides, or even adolescent deaths in general.
I didn't quite like how the film introduced us to the four male friends as if they were going to be our main characters throughout the film, but once one of the suicides occur, the film completely throws them aside until the ending. But in between being introduced and reintroduced to the boy characters, we are introduced to Trip who's presence is important to the film but it would've made more sense if we either had him in the boys' squad or he was just our…
The Virgin Suicides never interested me as a young man - because who cares about a girl movie? - but I'm so glad that I finally caught up with it. Sofia Coppola's debut feature is so confident, not only in its story, but in its technical aspects (music, cinematography) as well. The story and structure are daring. It shares some DNA with this year's Me and Earl and the Dying Girl in analyzing the untold depths of people you never really have the opportunity to truly know, but The Virgin Suicides manages to make that story about the unknown entity, rather than the boring outsider looking in.
Feels like I had seen parts of this on Hallmark or Lifetime or something like that a long time ago - the story was very familiar. Not sure why a lot of people that I talked to disliked this movie, I thought it was not bad. Liked some of the stylistic choices, particularly the various color shifts. One of the few movies where voice-over narration did a pretty good job, though at times were redundant.
My biggest problem was how confusing the characters and their relations with each other with, primarily the male characters. Who was the narrator? Why do we see Trip Fontaine being interviewed as an older man, but all the other interviews were during the time? A lot of it was confusing.
However, this movie gets a plus in my book for featuring A.J. Cook, a middle school celebrity crush from the days I would binge watch Criminal Minds. Insert heart eyes emoji.
This is a smart movie about the consequences of isolating people from developing a proper network. It opens with a family which has limited its network to too small a pool. When that network fails Cecilia, she falters. When Cecilia falters, the whole family falls apart, and they have no social network from whom to seek support. They all drive each other to wit's end, and tragedy happens.
As a film, it's riddled with enjoyable clichés, fairly good performances, and a really nice screenplay. Dunst has snuck into the cinematic history in a way some probably never expected. Let her run; she's excellent, even this early.
The score of "The Virgin Suicides" was done by Air - who put a track in the film called “Playground Love” in which they state: “I’m a high school lover, and you’re my favorite flavor”. This little quip sounds like a teen’s angsty poetry - but seeing as Sofia Coppola’s film is so interested in capturing the aura of that feeling makes it all the more understanding. The title credits are designed like the large bubble letters of a teen girl’s notebook and Coppola’s visual design is bipolar in its use of filter and blur. But with the haunting face of Kirsten Dunst and the voiceover of a teen boy smitten with his own nostalgic longing for love - Coppola…
Taking a break from the scavenger hunt, I'm really far ahead, and I figured I'd watch something that I was interested in, but didn't qualify for any of the categorizes.
Sofia Coppola's directorial debut caught me by surprise. Based on the poster I was expecting a nice teen comedy, maybe with some mature themes mixed in, but a lighthearted movie no less. Boy was I wrong. This movie is SOOOO depressing. My God Coppola, lighten up a bit.
The first act, in my opinion, was the best part of the film. It was about a quirky little town, with some boys and girls. A nice little comedy, not really a teen comedy, more like a Wes Anderson style film. I…
Film #12 Scavenger Hunt November
Task #22 Film Based on a Book
This is definitely an interesting movie. I had originally read the book so I knew what I was getting myself in to, but it's still one heck of a movie. I'm so glad my parents weren't anywhere close to the parents in this movie. This is a great movie if anyone wants an example of what not to do with their kids. I usually am not crazy about narration throughout a movie, but I really felt like it added to this movie.
The Virgin Suicides was a film that came out in 1999 and takes place in Michigan. The movie is about five sisters that live a very restricted life because their parents are highly overprotective. The first major event that happen is the youngest of all the sisters tries to commit suicide and later on succeeds. Later on all the girls are invited to go to the homecoming dance with some guys and their parents surprisingly agree as long as they’re home at a certain time. Lux, the oldest sister, ends up drinking at the dance and then sneaks off with her date to the football field where she wakes up the next morning. When Lux returns home her parents are…
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