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American independent filmmaker Deborah Kampmeier makes her writing and directing debut with the intimate drama Virgin. In a small conservative town, Jessie (Elizabeth Moss) is the outcast teenager of a right-wing Christian family consisting of a strict dad (Peter Gerety), an emotional mom (Robin Wright Penn, who also produced), and an innocent sister (Stephanie Gatschet). After spending an evening with local boy Shane (Charles Socarides), Jessie is convinced that she's pregnant, although she has
Sep 3, 2004 Wide
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The more you consider the theological undertones of Virgin, the more radical it becomes.
An unfortunately muddled portrait of a teenage girl going through a moral and spiritual crisis.
Evinces too much of the Lars Von Trier influence (especially Breaking the Waves) while falling victim to some of its central character's overt strangeness.
[F]elt too much like a really impressive school project, film school project but not a complete feature film.
At times I wasn't sure that the movie knew exactly what it wanted to say. And yet it remains quite a powerful experience.
Moss' performance is solid, but undone by the palsied hand-held camerawork and the script's general lack of focus.
Falls short of being satisfying, hurts a little to experience, and the next morning you're thinking it wasn't worth the trouble - sound familiar?
A pretentious, unpalatable stew that serves up thematic elements touching on religion, feminism, psychosis, mysticism and guilt without stirring up any believable characters, engaging story, or emotional moments that might engage audiences.
Kampmeier reveals her inexperience as a feature filmmaker, and her effort struggles with the weight of its own subject matter and final ambiguities.
Virgin charts the spiritual transformation of a rebellious teenager as she opens to her divine center, her nurturing abilities and her empathy for others.
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