Movies that are slightly off.
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.
"We felt the imprisonment of being a girl." ~ Narrator
Based upon the 1993 debut novel by American writer Jeffrey Eugenides, this debut film by director Sofia Coppola presents the primary elements that would become her trademark over the next decade. It is about affluent white people having affluent problems. It demonstrates a high level of production values, well worthy of her filmmaking pedigree, with a great soundtrack to boot. And it delivers solid performances by top-notch actors, notably Kirsten Dunst as the central character Lux Lisbon, with James Woods and Kathleen Turner as her parents plus Danny DeVito in a minor role.
The story is told as a retrospective, 25 years after five teenage sisters killed themselves in Grosse…
There's some adequate skill from Sofia Coppola on display here, but the film is sadly a bit aimless, bouncing around all over the place, not sure who or what to follow. I also didn't like how the film's ending was "resolved" with ambiguity instead of actually showing the audience what the movie was supposedly building up to the whole time.
That being said, for a feature debut, Coppola could have done a lot worse. The mood and atmosphere is strong here; at times the film has an almost "horror" vibe to it, which threw me off, but in a good way. Also, some of the younger performers, such as Kristen Dunst and Josh Hartnett, do a fine job at carrying…
"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.
Love ain't a thing without understanding.
More a promise of the greater films that Sofia Coppola would make later, The Virgin Suicides is a sturdy debut film from a director who obviously has both the talent and the film history to make interesting films. So much of what makes Coppola's films is already on display here, perhaps amped up a little too much: the sociological attitude towards human behavior, the ability to get great work out of a variety of actors and a dry sense of humor. The cast is excellent, and the voiceover narration surprisingly successful.
#245 THE VIRGIN SUICIDES - Perfectly moody, beautifully written, surprisingly funny, & cuttingly sad #DLMChallenge #366Movies #366Days ★★★★½
This film does something that I always love and swept appreciate in a teen or childhood drama: perfectly capture moments of what it's actually like to be a kid. With all the formula and artifice of your standard coming of age movie, you often miss these quiet moments of perfectly distilled experience. The one that stands out to me here is the hand holding sequence. It's something that's been done a million times, of course, but something in Sofia's long, lingering, immaculately framed shot, and the incredibly potent mood she creates in that scene and specifically that moment that really hit me hard.…
There's a lot more the The Virgin Suicides than it would seem, which could be why it was taken on as a film adaptation. For one, Eugenides could make the most mundane story compelling. I think he also knew that despite how extreme the Lisbon girls' situation was, most of us can identify with feeling repressed or held back in some way - not just as teens, but as adults with jobs and relationships. It also touches on the idea of lost youth and innocence.
I have never been one to hate on film adaptations of books I like, but I almost always like the book better. In this case, I think both stand out as excellent! The narration and…
Had to watch this again after the Mustang, as it made me think of this. This film is good. Horrible, but good, even better than what I remembered. Parents like this, well, it can only lead to a disaster, in one way or another.
A very dark and strange coming-of-age film that deals with darker themes than are typical of the genre. It feels like a defining moment story, when someone (the narrator in this case) learned a vital life lesson.
I've been on a roll lately with all of these great soundtracks. This was a hauntingly beautiful and melancholic story about five sheltered girls trying to cope with their unpleasant situation. The multi-dimensional overbearing mother and apathetic father really make you empathize with the girls. All of the performances are very believable, which is a great accomplishment considering the amount of young actors in this. I think I would've preferred a different narrative structure for the film rather than the flashback voice-over format used, but other than that, this was excellent.
What happens when your mom makes you make dresses out of curtains.
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Funny and touching at the same time, The Virgin Suicides is more than a great first feature film and it may lead me to the brief but probably very rewarding effort of completing Sofia Coppola's filmography.
What's really going on in that neighbourhood?