The Virgin Suicides
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A group of male friends become obsessed with a group of mysterious sisters who are sheltered by their strict, religious parents after one of them commits suicide.
"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.
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.
With that last name, is impossible to avoid thinking of her father, but is also impossible to compare Sofia's works with her father work, responsible for some of the best movies of all time. Not only Sofia Coppola seems to have her own direction style, her themes and subjects are also totally diffent, at least that was my impression after watching The Virgin Suicides, her debut movie and the first one I've seen.
I have to say, if wasn't for Mystery March Challenge, I don't know if someday I would have seen any of her films, since none of them got my attention 'til now. Since her movies never held anything of my interest, I just skipped any changes to…
"Obviously you've never been a 13 year old girl."
That line scared me. It gets better from there, as it really does have this atmosphere that maybe comes more from its budget than its director. This is my first Sofia Coppola film, and I can't help but think that this would be an afterthought if it hadn't been directed by the daughter of a legend.
It's not for me, but I also saw a lot that would appeal to others, so I can't sit here and say it was a bad film. The story starts to reek of "Nothing will ever be as important as what is going on right here, right now, next to these high school lockers!" right around Josh Hartnett (That fucking wig) showing up.
But that's what the challenge is about.
It felt like pretty images and no content whatsoever to me.
Sofia Coppola's directorial debut, an adaptation of the Virgin Suicides, demonstrates potential, but feels empty and uninvolved. The film seems to have conflicting goals: It wants the viewer to sympathize with the troubled teenage girls, while simultaneously preventing the viewer from ever knowing them. Conversely, this is the film's intention: The girls' shrouded lives fuel the boys' obsession, and, while the viewer is expected to share the boys' curiosity, the girls' morbid fascinations are scarcely addressed. Yes, the film points to their puritanical mother, but the Virgin Suicides isn't Carrie. The most horrific act the mother commits is to force Lux to dispose of her rock records; in fact, she even allows the sisters to attend homecoming dance. But, again,…
I can't tell if I didn't like it because I was hardly paying attention or if I wasn't paying attention because I didn't like it (I don't know if that makes sense). I might rewatch this one day because I like Sofia Coppola and although it looks good and has that whole dreamy feel (what I consider typical of SC films) it just didn't click and I lost interest within about twenty minutes. From that point, the film was on in the background while I looked around the internet and only really paid half attention to what was happening. When I did try to pay attention, the story just didn't appeal to me.
There is something about this film that is so beautiful. Yes, it is a coming of age story but it's so much more than that.
You realize right in the beginning that there is something off about the Lisbon girls. They are like fairy princesses who are so beautiful and so mysterious to all the males in the neighborhood. After the youngest sister kills herself, chaos, even in its subtlest form, enters the lives of the remaining four girls. While their parents were overprotective before, it was nothing compared to how they were after that tragic event.
The girls were a mystery to these young teenage boys in the neighborhood and they remained so even after their deaths. The narrator…
Like every circa 2000s American indie rock song, The Virgin Suicides is a romanticised retelling of the lives of dead teenage girls. After a while, the dreamy film is more of an ode to the male gaze, rather than a tribute to the unsolved mystery of the poor sisters.
Sofia's best work and way better than Lost in Translation in my opinion. Quirky and beautiful, with a rich electronic soundtrack by French ambient merchants Air. Quality acting throughout and Dunst steals the show with a stunning yet understated performance. A must see!