The Virgin Suicides

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The Virgin Suicides drifts with a dreamlike melancholy that may strike some audiences as tedious, but Sofia Coppola's feature debut is a mature meditation on disaffected youth.

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In an ordinary suburban house, on a lovely tree-lined street, in the middle of 1970s America, lived the five beautiful, dreamy Lisbon sisters, whose doomed fates indelibly marked the neighborhood boys who to this day continue to obsess over them. A story of love and repression, fantasy and terror, sex and death, memory and longing. It is at its core a mystery story: a heart-rending investigation into the impenetrable, life-altering secrets of American adolescence.

Cast & Crew

James Woods
Mr. Lisbon
Josh Hartnett
Trip Fontaine
Hanna Hall
Cecilia Lisbon
Chelse Swain
Bonnie Lisbon
A.J. Cook
Mary LIsbon
Leslie Hayman
Therese Lisbon
Danny DeVito
Dr. Horniker
Scott Glenn
Father Moody
Jeffrey Eugenides
Writer (Novel)
Willi Bär
Executive Producer
Suzanne Colvin
Line Producer
Fred Fuchs
Executive Producer
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  • Oct 08, 2015
    The Virgin Suicides is a sweet-bitter story. The sweet is the style, vibe, whimsy, and humor throughout. The end is bitter and the film is not a comedy. Whether or not you enjoy the film will be largely down to taste. Recommended to those who have enjoyed Lost In Translation, American Beauty, Coen Brothers films, or Wes Andersen films.
    Robert B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 06, 2015
    An extremely hard novel to adapt to the big screen, from one of my favourite novelists Jeffrey Euginides comes the directorial debut of Sofia Coppola who would go on to direct the award-laden Lost In Translation. Kirsten Dunst plays the role very well and the performances given from the parents of the five elusive Lisbon sisters, Kathleen Turner and James Woods were very impressive. The film cleverly mirrors the pungeant adolescent anxieties and dark trails of obsession that are laced throughout the novel, however the film is less visceral and more hollywood than would've been preferred, Sofia polished most of the feeling out of the film, however the story and style forgive all the film's flaws.
    Harry W Super Reviewer
  • Apr 13, 2013
    Dark, fascinating, and beautifully filmed, The Virgin Suicides is a memorable and haunting Suburban flick. Its haunting cinematography and its nostalgic reflections on teen life and teen romance produce a work of art that is sad, yet nonetheless beautiful despite its challenging and bizarre storyline.
    Matthew Samuel M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 23, 2013
    From writer/director Sofia Coppola comes the period drama The Virgin Suicides. Based on an acclaimed novel, the story follows four sisters who, in the wake of their young sister's suicide, struggle to deal with their oppressive parents who attempt to shut them off from the outside world. Starring Kirsten Dunst, Josh Hartnett, James Woods, and Kathleen Turner, the cast is impressive. The soundtrack is also quite good, and the film does an excellent job creating the look and feel of the '70s. However, the storytelling's a bit weak and doesn't have a clear focus. The Virgin Suicides is an interesting film, but it tries to do too much.
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