[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.
"You're not even old enough to know how bad life gets.
Obviously, Doctor, you've never been a 13-year-old girl."
Does the Lisbon sister even exist? are they as beautiful as they really look? or are they just a glorification in the mind of the narrator. One thing if fot sure, this is a coming of age film, grasping the straws of what makes life complex and bittersweet.
Sofia Coppola debut feels intimate, like a story told by a friend, is mellow intoxicating and beautifully crafted, every character has a reason and a purpose (some very small roles), but at the end it gets the message across.
"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.
Performances : 6/10
Story : 1.8/10
Production : 5.5/10
Overall : 4.43/10
Well thank Christ that Sofia Coppola learned from her mistakes and improved since making this mess. It seemed like The Virgin Suicides spent a lot of time building its way towards absolutely nothing. There's actually no point whatsoever. Good movies are fun, bad movies are fun, but aimless meandering movies are the worst. The story built itself up for two hours only to leave us all with zero insight. It wasn't the whole "open ended, mysterious, interperet this yourself" ending. It was just a nonexistent terrible ending. The performances are adequate at least. Dunst in particular does a good job, but nothing apart from her really jumps off the screen.
All around it's pretty average. Normally I'd say something about how whoever made this is probably going nowhere, but she already went to Tokyo with Bill Murray, so that would be stupid.
The title itself captures its meaning: the brutal murder of all things young and pure.
Sadly, the title may be the most insightful part of the film.
Coppola obviously adores the suburban seventies; you hear it in the soundtrack and you see it in the sets. I appreciate her passion, but it led to characters becoming set pieces as well. There was a detachment from the film--stronger than that of the characters to their surroundings. Characters were left undeveloped and I was left bored.
There are good things too. Coppola plays with narrative and style, neglecting typical structure. We get the occasional postmortem interview and funky double-exposure fantasy sequence, coming and going as they please. I enjoyed this.
I brilliant and highly poetic film. There is little to understand about tragedy in this film. I believe that makes it more akin to real life.
I'm not sure if this is a cautionary tale or just a Shakespearean-esque tragedy.
But fuck, that was fantastic.
So here is a roundabout on the lives of beautiful sisters and the constant air of mystery saturating about them. This theme is depicted alluringly. I expected greater depth because the title of the film gives that impression but it's understandable that we are not provided so. When the suicides finally get the girls, we realize that all we will ever be, just as the narrotor established from the start, are outsiders. Taking it like that, then it's one heck of an effort to piece together an idea and ghost of this sort.
Drab,dark, and nonsensical
it began as another generic, teenage girl-drama. How wrong I was.
I had no clue it was directed by the rising to fame and critically acclaimed director Sofia Coppola- I was thinking this was just a chick-flick, nearly the whole film, its much more- it one of those films surprise you, in the best way possible, I thought it was brilliant. Sofia Coppola is another director for the new generation.
"...or that they were girls, but only we had loved them "
I'm not a huge fan of Sofia Coppola at all, but this one hit hard. Great cinematography, surprising acting chops by all, intense ending.
I'm really in love with the "Coppola ring", I've never been one to love everything a director does or drool over one specifically, but this group kills it nearly every time.
I'm having trouble understanding why some of these ratings are so low. You have a beautifully shot movie with great actors. I guess it gets down to personal connection or some peoples relations to the story. Some movies are universal but this one is a very "personal" type of film
This was a fantastic movie, like many from the family, their movies are "go tos" for me when I'm having trouble writing. They aren't even the same subjects of what I'm writing, they just inspire something and everything
I don't know if that made sense or not, I hope it did
Celebrate the birth of America by watching adorable teenage girls off themselves. Terribly depressing and extremely dreamlike.
- Ferris Bueller's Day Off
- Teen Wolf
- The Breakfast Club
- American Pie
- Fast Times at Ridgemont High
- Beasts of the Southern Wild
- Lilya 4-Ever
- Life Is Beautiful
- Dancer in the Dark
- Christiane F.
My six hundred favorite films (1940-2014).
- The Pitfall
- The Night of the Hunter
- Dead Man's Letters
- Reservoir Dogs
What are the great directorial debuts?
To be clear, I am talking about feature debuts - they may have worked…