[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.
"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.
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…
I don´t really know what that was.
The style of the cinematography and narrative was interesting, but I have no idea what this movie is trying to tell me.The characters mostly feel really bland, I can´t really emphatize with them in any way.The girls are supposed to be like that I guess since to the guys who tell this story they have a air of mystery around them, but the guys mostly were fucking weird.
The "happy" scenes felt really raw and beautiful, but when it got depressing, it sort of seemed forced.
I have some issues with the storyline too-so much could have been done by the guys aside from...well,nothing.And I really hope that sort of "parenting" is not that accepted in the US as the movie portrays it.
[Please excuse my ramblings. My required response to The Virgin Suicides for my film class.]
“The Virgin Suicides” is a film where its cinematography and directorial choices take prominence first and foremost, above any other theme or moral the film can conjure up. The first thing to note is Sofia Coppola’s frequent use of long shot, which come into play throughout the film. The opening scene, which utilizes a lot of her quirks as a director, also shows a great deal of these long shots, which work in establishing the exterior. In the opening of the film, we see the Lisbon sisters’ home and surroundings, largely captured through long shots. One scene shows everything we need to know – it’s…
This was a weird movie to watch because it all felt a little off. The girls didn't pay attention to boys, but they craved their attention once they got a taste. The whole thing just seemed surreal and off-kilter somehow...I loved it, but it's unsettling.
Sofia Coppola's greatest film, where sensibility and incredible violence clash, touches and haunts, leaving us like the mesmerized narrators of its story.
"Oddly shaped emptiness mapped by what surrounded them."
You know when someone comes alongside you and explains emotions so immediate and intimate that you can't articulate them yourself? This movie is just that. I walked into it with almost no expectations; what I found was an astonishingly lucid and clear eyed look at the end of youthful innocence. Restrained, quiet, evocative, intimate, and ambiguous. Coppola always knows where to look, never misses a single emotional beat. There are moments here that will haunt me: Lux, dressed in white, framed against the the vast emptiness of the football field in the early morning mist; the camera lingering over empty spaces in the end; Mrs. Lisbon standing in the doorway as the…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I'm not a huge fan of Sofia Coppola, but I can't recall another film where it's felt like she's had such control and direction that also fits the film. It's all very charming and somewhat funny and mixes well with drama until the audience is taken to the big climax. Aside from feeling as though I never knew who any of the non-Kristen Dunst sisters were, the film really hits its marks, missing just once ... the very end. I like the holding up the lighter, but I also kind of felt like everything was more or less ... "well that's all we've got."
eh. kirsten dunst, as usual, out-performs the hell out of every other actor on set.
Stays with you
Kind of overrated. There are moments when it shines, when it completely captivates however, there are too many moments that are bland or trying to seem deeper than they actually are.
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