[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.
"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.
"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.
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.
I have an automatically repulsed reaction to Kirsten Dunst's film presence, so this movie was ruined on me before I even watched it.
A tragic and fascinating tale, told brilliantly by Sofia Coppola in her debut feature.
It feels fresh and original as it explores the detached realms and relationships between adults and kids in 70s suburbia.
Fascinating and haunting, a remarkable film indeed.
This is a cinematic masterpiece and all hail Sofia Coppola for it. Loved how she turned that book into this and how she didn't butcher it. It's beautiful, haunting, and mysterious--definitely. Kirsten Dunst was epic and everything else about this movie is beautiful. </3
the book was p good but this shit was creepy, bad, and poorly acted
Unbelievable that this was Sofia's directorial debut. Many seasoned directors fail to achieve the nuanced poignancy of this film. The accomplished cinematography was my favourite part; chief at creating the authentic look of the 1970's.
Although I found myself bored with the plot at some points, Coppola succeeds in constructing a convincing moment-in-time story.
This is a beautifully bleak film, the cinematography is wonderful, and it is well written.
The little things are what make this movie work and show Coppola as a director to keep an eye on. The things that come to mind when I recollect on this film are purely image based. Kirsten Dunst's character laying down in a sky drenched in amethyst after she loses her virginity only to make us think about the differences between boys and girls when she shoots it from the male's perspective of walking away later. The slow motion dissolve work of having the sisters moving around in the summer time. The golden lighting that seems to follow them everywhere. Coppola's Picnic at Hanging Rock
Why have I not seen this sooner?
This is an incredibly clever film with humble but powerful writing, understated beauty, and a stellar story. It's grim but there are moments of hilarity, in my opinion. A really killer debut film. Sofia Coppola is a silver-screen artist.
If you haven't seen this, it is so so worth your time.
The consensus is that 1999’s Virgin Suicides is a film about teen suicide. I completely disagree, sure there are a number of suicides in the film, but they are too surreal to be a comment on the issue. The first of the suicides occurs when Cecilia Lisbon, one of the five mysterious Lisbon girls, impales herself on a spiked gate by jumping out of window. An impressive feat considering Cecilia would have had to been an acrobat to have lined herself so perfectly on the spike so that it pierces right through her heart. The suicides depicted in Virgin Suicides aren’t how teens really kill themselves. They are highly dramatized, and therefore I suspect the film is about something else.…
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