[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.
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.
If you've watched it, I hope you're not one of those people who romaticize this movie and it's topics. It's still a good movie nonetheless, I really enjoyed the plot.
This is a movie that takes its time with the story and characters -- which isn't a bad thing. It just felt overly long and with too little happening. The soundtrack is the best part. The performances aren't bad but they didn't stand out to me, either. The direction is relaxed and confident and that works for the film. But the pace was just too meandering for me.
This is a film that has a very odd vibe throughout. There always seems like something isn't quite right. The only issue for me is, you never quite place what the movies' theme is. There bit's and pieces you can interpret and figure out, but the overall theme seems a bit lost on me. What made these boys so obsessed? Their looks? Does this mean the theme is about looks? I really don't know, and if it had been more clear, I would have loved this movie, but because of my confusion, I only liked it.
The movie felt like a mix of American Beauty and Donnie Darko. I think that's a pretty good way of putting it. It has…
This one will have me thinking for a while but ultimately i enjoyed this dark, strange film. An unconventinal story line to be sure but well executed with Kirsten Dunst giving a solid performance. Probably my favorite performance of hers to be honest.
Considering how violently I react to movies about teen angst, and how uncomfortable I can get with the topics of suicide and self-harm, I surprisingly enjoyed this movie. However, despite its strong visuals and killer soundtrack, it has HELLA narrative problems. The narration feels pretty clunky (as does the tree metaphor), the Lisbon's family dynamic isn't developed as much as it should be (at least on the parents' end), the scenes with old Trip don't really fit, and the relationship between the four boys and the girls, which is the most interesting part of the film as far as I'm concerned, isn't fully explored. Still, a strong debut.
Sofia Coppola's directorial debut is a very well done movie that was good but it could and should have been much better. Skillfully directed, well performed, and correctly written, this film benefits from a mysterious atmosphere, great cinematography, and a very good use of music. The narrative pace was remarkable and that made it really entertaining. At some points, there was also an elegant dark humor that made it quite funny occasionally.
However, this film's true intentions aimed beyond the simple goal of entertaining. It dealt with some very hard issues concerning adolescence and the emotional punch it was supposed to give never came as hard as it should. What I'm trying to say is that the tragic story it told wasn't emotionally engaging enough. Actually, the ending was somewhat drab.
One thing I'm sure of, though, Sofia Coppola's potential as a good filmmaker and storyteller was evident in her debut.
I thought maybe watching this a second time would make me enjoy it now, but I was disappointed yet again. Sophia Coppola did her typical "point her camera at a white person." It was dry and bland and yeah, not better the second time.
Sofia Coppola announced herself to the scene of moviemaking with a beautifully shot story that is told so truthfully - as if the narrator is recalling a grim past trauma they would rather forget - that it seems almost impossible to become properly engaged with the film itself.
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