[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.
"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.
From the onset of the film, director Sofia Coppola does a wonderful job setting up a grand mystery - while never quite touching on what that mystery actually is. What results is a film wherein the audience is not only trying to piece together fragments in order to solve a mystery, but anticipating the event that is apparently so incredible as to garner the life-long obsession of the narrator and his friends. Coppola is more than capable behind the camera, setting up some incredible shots, and building an immense overall tension.
Remarkable performances from a young Kirsten Dunst, A.J. Cooke, Hanna Hall, Leslie Hayman and Chelse Swain perfectly capture the profound impact of adolescence, and convey the boundless uncertainty that surrounds puberty. Using a group male of narrators really closes the gap between male viewers and the unknowable stresses of being a teenage girl; providing a song basis for empathy regardless of an audience member's gender.
The obsession the group of boys had with these girls is fascinating if not a little weird but the whole situation is a bit odd. I've seen too many movies recently with weirdly overprotective parents but it's funny because at Liberty University you meet a lot of people who probably had a similar childhood.
Female Directors Challenge #1: Sofia Coppola
Haunting movie. The title is not at all misleading and this movie filled me with dread but Sofia Coppola does well to make me forget all about the inevitable with an awesome soundtrack and a lazy, relaxed pace and the right amount of nostalgia. And so I found myself equally smiling and reeling in horror.
What knocks it down a peg though is the narration is guilty of often explaining the plot to me, especially at the end. A bit less telling and a little bit more showing would've done the movie wonders.
But I think I found the perfect companion piece for Carrie.
I cannot with this film.
It may very well have been quite good.
I don't care.
It freaked me the fuck out.
languid and overrated
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I recently watched this again, and i actually have a huge problem with this movie.
When i first saw this, i was in Grade Nine. It really spoke to me since it had various aspects which i kinda related to. I loved the music used/ost and general plot. I loved it so much i own the dvd.
But after watching it again on a boring evening alone at home, i realized it's rather dry and plain. Sofia Coppola, isn't necessarily the "Best" director, but she tends to use the same characteristics in majority of her films; Upper class, white people who are depressed.
I found this movie to just be really disappointing and just very overrated. And towards the middle…
The macabre brilliance of Jeffrey Eugenides' book is unparalleled, which I have just finished reading. This film adaption is extremely true to the story, although quite shallow in comparison. Not quite long or deep enough to truly convey all the themes well enough and give a true feel for the book, and instead just showing the events that transpired. I can't honestly say whether or not I would have liked it had I not read and loved the book so much. Even the best. most flawless works of cinema can never reach the heights of a good book.
Going into THE VIRGIN SUICIDES, I knew only really two things - that this was Sofia Coppola's directorial debut, and that Kirsten Dunst was in it. Besides that, I was completely clueless. And that was probably a good thing, because holy shit is this is a great fuckin' film. I wasn't sure what to expect, and just based on the title, I expected something depressing. Yeah, it was quite depressing but at the same time funny and moving. There's a sparkle here, but there's also darkness. THE VIRGIN SUICIDES is a lowkey masterpiece, understated but undeniably beautiful. In its final moments, it reached such a haunting crescendo that I could do nothing but marvel at its ambitions. I'm finding it hard to put into words how I feel about this film, but I know I loved it.
Fuck. This movie has got me all screwed up. I'm going to bed.
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- American Pie
- 20 Fingers
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- A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
- Border Radio
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