[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.
Well I finally saw the movie. Having been on tumblr all these years you'll see every teenage girl romanticize the shit out of this movie so I've always wanna see what was the big idea and recently a friend a mine call me up at about 4am that this movie was on TV (rarely shown) and told me to see it. She saw the last 30 minutes and told me about it and I thought "well hey its on netflix now so I'll give it a shot". It was much different than I imagined.
-the soundtrack....it really does feel like I'm floating on air
-the atmosphere of this movie...not entirely though
-not too much cursing or sex for…
It's wistful, tender, dreamy, and sad. Stylish soundtrack and a noble drive in the characters. But the pluralistic narrators/protagonist stuff doesn't really work for me. For one, the framing itself doesn't add much other than "people, especially girls, are hard to understand." And maybe as enactment on that thesis, I never truly felt close to any of the characters, either as a group or as individuals. It doesn't delve into anyone enough to generate significant sympathy, and some characters come off, then, as flat villains in need of a past.
Such a beautiful movie about the male gaze and the mystery of high school girls. Easily my favorite Sophia Coppola movie.
The movie evolves around eerie sisters in their bloom of youth who are mysteriously constrained by their mother so as to be literally imprisoned in their own house when the story proceeds, which is as if to preserve the ladies' innocence, or "virgin" in another word. Yet the story is not about those ladies, but about obsession of a group of young guys who also live in the neighborhood. The boys yearn to infiltrate into ladies' mind to be freed from their preoccupation gnawing at themselves.
However, the movie never settles a certain resolution of the "what the fuck is goin' on" story, and thereby audiences are easily cast adrift or even feel frustrated a lot when the movie rolls to the end.
I saw this film several years ago at home. Recently, through my attendance at Film Club 3.0 (check them out on Facebook) I was able to see it again on the big screen in 35mm. Wow! It was more of an enjoyable experience this time around.
The film is beautiful, although confusing. I suppose that is a real reflection of human action. Sometimes we don't know the whys and the story doesn't always have a happy ending.
I feel that this is a great lead in to watch Lost in Translation.
The Virgin Suicides is a film with nothing great about it but nothing negative to say. It's a film that gives you it's story as it is and sends you on its path as it wants you to. It's very specific without any details. It's a good film.
The acting is al around the board good. My favourite performance is from James Woods who does something very special whenever he's on screen. There is a nuance to his character that gives off powerful vibes of desires for more. He's lonely and simply wants a connection. It's quite wonderful actually.
Sofia Coppola's direction is a strength. She…
Change the title to something that doesn't spoil the whole plot of the movie, and it may sell better.
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.
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