[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.
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.
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.
Mystery March Challenge - Week 1
I've only ever seen Sofia Coppola's second feature Lost in Translation, but never her debut, and what a strange little film it is.
While I'm sure a great deal of the style comes from the book on which this film is based, there is for sure, a great deal that I imagine doesn't. The air of the film, right from the opening frames is one of a Wes Anderson film, with less mannerisms, and a greater degree of melancholy.
As the film winds on, that feeling increases, until the utterly depressing, soul crushing atmosphere permeates the film like thick smog in summer. It's lovely, sweet and deftly handled with some nice performances from the teenage actors, but if your feeling blue, this isn't going to help matters at all. I would recommend it, but make sure you've lined up something happy and light to watch afterwards, as your really going to need it.
I wouldn't say I'm in the Sofia Coppola fan club, but I would say that I like her first two films. This and the superior follow-up, Lost in Translation.
The thing that sticks with you once the film is over is how irrevocably fucked up we all are. Happiness only exists in dreams. Real life is about sufferance and tragedy.
Coppola's directorial debut is a sucker punch to the senses. Leaving you with no absolution as the credits roll.
Filmed almost to a dream-like effect, that is eerie and enchanting, giving it a lucid flow throughout. I'd fathom a guess that Coppola had likely borrowed this from Peter Weirs haunting Picnic at Hanging Rock (another film that deals with sexual…
It's kind of weird but I like it.
The Virgin Suicides probably would have been a 3 star film or lower if it wasn't for the film's atmosphere created by a fantastic soundtrack, beautiful cinematography, and great narration by Giovanni Ribisi.
Passable drama from Sofia Coppola.
What was interesting about this movie was the way that boys talked about girls - either as supernatural divas possessed of vast inner personalities beyond their little male comprehensions, or - ignoring all that cosmic depth - as sex objects devoid of personhood. The Lisbon household appears to be a home of dreamy, swaying blondes portraying suffering of suicidal proportions as such a calm, beautiful, self-possessed state of being, all under the adoring gaze of the troupe of local teenage boys whose unblinking constant adulation raises the girls to the epic glamour of some beautiful cosmic event like the collision of two galaxies or at least the Northern Lights on constant display. Perhaps they are to be forgiven for their…
“Obviously, Doctor… you’ve never been a thirteen-year-old girl."
Primera película de Sofia Coppola y la primera que veo de ella. Su estilo de dirección es parecido al de su padre, me imagino que fue un gran mentor para ella. No me conecté totalmente con la historia y los personajes pero me gustó como todo lo que sucede es triste pero te lo muestran de una manera hermosa y llena de felicidad. Lo que sí amé de la película fue el soundtrack que es de los mejores que he escuchado.
Oddly enough I actually enjoyed this. I really don't understand what happened though, but I enjoyed it. It flows nicely and I like the editing, minus the lack-of-continuity time-lapse scene. The only Sofia Coppola film I get is Marie Antoinette.
Sofia Coppola is a director with the perfect amount of restraint. THE BLING RING, although absolutely critical of its protagonists, never delves completely into satire because it is too fascinated with them. The same thing happens here with the Lisbon girls. Coppola never goes all the way, she wants to explore all the complexities and let the result sit. A beautiful, massively affecting film that does the book justice while creating its own, separate world worthy of itself.
I've never understood women. This certainly didn't help.
Sofia Coppola's debut feature, "The Virgin Suicides", is definitely a hard one to pin down. It concerns itself with a family with 5 young girls, and the surrounding neighborhood. The film contains many trademarks of debuts. It didn't completely know what it was. Was it a drama, a dramedy, or a straight comedy? It was really all three all at once. Some parts felt a tad too comedic for it's own good, but overall, these points of concern don't do much to overshadow the unexpected delight of "The Virgin Suicides".
It contained a drifting narrative not unlike Coppola's later films, which was nice, considering a coming of age story set in mid-70s…
The Virgin Suicides is Sofia Coppola's film debut and - from the other movies of hers I've seen - most accomplished work of her career. It is truly moody and dripping with melancholia, marvelously so; I admire it a lot.
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