[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.
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.
"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.
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…
Still don't really care for it that much but considering I used to hate it, that's improvement. When it focuses on Kirsten Dunst's & Josh Harnett's characters relationship, that's where this really shines with their chemistry & a cutesy energy to the film that I just really enjoy, but after the Homecoming dance, the film loses all it's flavor for me, just becomes uninteresting with the dull boys next door becoming the focus of it. Soundtrack is indeed great though.
Go Sophia Coppola go... I mean shoot with this cast, this director, and the screen play you really cant go wrong. The story is very creative and wow the acting is so impressive. A MUST watch. Do it. Don't let the title scare you hah it's fantastic I am not even going to give details on what it's about you just have to watch it now because I hope you're curious! ;)
I wanted to dig it but it just didn't resonate and found myself mostly uninterested and uninspired throughout.
"Don't let it die a virgin."
How desperately the girls in this film tried to cling to that hope. That hope that they would live a fulfilling life full of escapades, freedom and love.
As it turns out that's not the case.
Gripping as we enter the grief of the Lisbon sisters.
It’d be hard to miss the condescending tone with which many people approach Coppola’s movies, as if the personal artistic expression of an individual holds less value if they come from extreme privilege. As one of the most prominent female directors in the world, I feel she offers a distinct perspective in an industry that thrives on the basis of a male perspective. And who else is making such deliberately feminine movies, or even movies about teenage girls for that matter?
After 5 films now, it’s clear that Coppola is a formalist first and foremost, but it’s still a little alarming how thoroughly she was able to adapt the tone of the book’s prose to the screen, especially as a…
The Virgin Suicides starts strong with a mysterious, haunting, ethereal atmosphere as it presents the sisters. The problem is that the movie loses such atmosphere as the sisters lose those characteristics. Thematically, The Virgin Suicides does a good job speaking against the effects of overprotective and strict parents on the self-expression and will of living in teenagers. However, the movie forgets to keep the dream-like atmosphere around the girls it started with, and it also makes a wrong choice of the "main" characters of the movie (the boys that see everything, who have no real purpose in the film).
"Don't let it die a virgin."
Another hypnotic feature from the continually fascinating mind of Sofia Coppola, a story of youth and isolation, of sex and dreams, of love and freedom. The entirety of the cast breathe such an air of authenticity into their characters that they're hard not to love despite their obvious flaws, and Coppola is masterful in creating the dream-like state in which they exist. She overlays these endlessly charming visuals with a perfectly ominous score and ultimately solidifies her position as one of the greatest working directors today(?) What a cool family.
Thematically it’s interesting and admirable insofar that it holds a critical mirror up to the over-protective, religious parts of white upper-middle class America that are so toxic to the self-expression and self-discovery of the teenage years. Where it falls short is in almost non-existent characterization, and an often insultingly poor choice to focus on the borderline stalker boys and paint them as much victims as the girls. There’s certainly moments which contain powerful imagery, and there’s no faulting the acting itself, it’s just not particularly enlightening and the script feels more like a first draft than a polished product.
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