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…
"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.
Wow!!! I can't believe I waited this long to watch this movie! It was so dreamy and haunting oh my goodness, Sofia Coppola is a goddess
Scavenger Hunt 15
Task # 6: A favorite film from one of your Letterboxd friends that you haven’t seen yet (check the four films at the top of someone’s profile)
Really good! Deserves the 4 star. Not quiet my cup of tea though.
One day Sofia Coppola asked herself "how could I make Picnic at Hanging Rock better?" The answers lies somewhere between Kirsten Dunst's dimples and Josh Hartnett strutting to Heart's Barracuda.
Sofia's suburban memory is instantly a specific vision that conjures the novels deepest mysteries. It's telling that it feels as if this story exists in multiple different decades at once and from the pov of multiple ppl. A feat I've only seen David Lynch pull off. Sofia's suburban view is darkly funny until it's overwhelmingly sad and even sickening.
She's not aiming to "say" anything. She wants us to feel it. And I do.
Nothing less than one of the best films about memory and one of teen cinema's finest achievements.
The first in a long line of hazy, entranced, melancholic motion pictures from Mrs. Coppola, The Virgin Suicides tries for poignancy, but gets lost within its own story. The novel of the same name, written by Jeffrey Eugenides, bravely explores themes of voyeurism and sexuality, and the ending--though telegraphed from the beginning--still feels shocking. Here, the pacing is odd, the plot is aimless, the climactic scene feels uninspired (you're probably the only filmmaker in history to film a scene in which 4 sisters simultaneously commit suicide, and you manage to make it that uninteresting?), and the message feels muddled. We leave the film as distant as we began; the only person vaguely worth clinging to is the kittenish Lux Lisbon,…
Kind of amazing how Sofia Coppola made a stylized movie out of, what is essentially, the color beige in film form
I have yet to discover the reason behind director Sofia Coppola's obsession with the band Air. But I'm pretty sure that's the kind of movie the duo would watch on a rainy afternoon.
a rainy midsummers dream.
Engrossing drama, The Virgin Suicides is a well crafted and acted feature that boasts a strong cast with a well layered story. Directed by Sofia Coppola, the film tells the story of teens obsessed over five sisters. Simple idea, yet intricate, The Virgin Suicides is a solid, well paced drama that features some wonderful performances from its cast, and a good script that keeps you entertained from start to finish. The plot moves along at a fast pace, and the cast here make it an entertaining, unforgettable feature that immerses you in a memorable and disturbing film. This is pretty much Sofia Coppola’s strongest effort as a director, and what makes it a well rounded out drama is that it…
I love this film. Sofia Coppola's films are beautiful.
Movies about/starring women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…