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The Virgin Suicides Reviews

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½ November 10, 2017
Really good movie by Sofia. It was great to see Kirsten with all her charm. The acting was the best part. It seemed very genuine, it was charming. The movie's message is important: you can't raise your kids in an isolated and sheltered environment. Especially the way they lived.

Overall, good movie with a great soundtrack and splendid performances.
½ October 22, 2017
works because of its atmosphere of isolated adolescence. It accesses that familiar aching lost feeling, don't ask me how because I don't know. Most people I know who like this movie are women, and most men I know hate it, so maybe Sofia's tapping into some kind of universal feeling of alienation and melancholy that men just haven't experienced, but who knows. I know that as far as technique goes Sofia likely flukes out all the time and I've heard theories that people just project their own shit onto her basically meaningless movies but if that's true I guess I'm guilty
½ October 16, 2017
Minimal plot, shallow characters, and no world building makes an hour and a half film that feels like 2hr17min, of vapid coming of age melodrama.
½ September 6, 2017
Sofia Coppola crafts a faithful adaptation of its strong source material and adds up a promising original touch.
½ August 3, 2017
Wonderful movie that is so captivating. It also made me cry
August 2, 2017
Wasn't a bad movie, but it just wasn't my type of movie.
July 26, 2017
The Virgin Suicides is directed and written by Sofia Coppola in her directorial debut, and it stars James Woods, Kathleen Turner, Kirsten Dunst, and Josh Hartnett in a drama film about a group of sisters that caught the boys' attention, and when one of their sisters have commit suicide, people didn't really know why until we get into the girls' story. Ever since I watched the trailer for The Beguilled, I always wanted to watch all of Sofia Coppola's films that she directed, and the ones that I've seen, were Lost in Translation and The Bling Ring. So when I was in the city library, I pretty much thought, "Why not start at her directing career and go to the recent ones?" which I rented only this and Lost in Translation. So let's get on with The Virgin Suicides, which is a solid debut from Sofia Coppola. The acting is great, which is cool to see Kirsten Dunst in one of her first main roles, and the child actors at the time were surprisingly really good of acting like actual kids without it being really annoying. The story is well-effective that I was interested in what's going on, and the characters' situations are relatable to some of my friends that I know that have parents who act like them, which is understandable to see the actions that these characters do. The issue being however, is that it's not as effective as it wants to be because I barely know anything about these characters in what makes those girls so special, other then the boys thinking that they are attractive-looking, and what they are going through, that's pretty much it. Another issue that I did have with it is that the first act can be a bit slow, which I actually did have some attempts to watch this before when it was on Netflix, but I stop watching it because of how slow it was. The second act is where it gets interesting as it tells the story from a bunch of kids that are neighbors with the girls, and can only talk through the phone. In the end, The Virgin Suicides is a great film that I'm looking forward to Lost in Translation, the movie that made Sofia Coppola well-known.
June 10, 2017
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March 16, 2017
This was hard to watch!
½ December 19, 2016
A solid cast and fascinating story Mae this worth watching even if it's hindered by some rookie flaws.
½ December 4, 2016
Tragedy wins the day in this haunting melodrama. A coming of age story where nobody comes of age. Great soundtrack for yacht rock nostalgia.
November 25, 2016
For some reason this film just cast a spell over me the first time I saw it and it's stayed there ever since.
November 13, 2016
Great soundtrack and has individual scenes which capture the awkwardness of the teenage experience. But still doesn't quite work as a film - possibly because the book left open the possibility that much of what was narrated simply never happened as it was told.
August 11, 2016
Just plain and simple . . Not good.
½ August 7, 2016
A very strange and unusual story, where the puzzles are many and the logic underminded. The bizarrness of it all end out blaming christianity itself for endless tragedy.
July 29, 2016
Like many other industries the filmmaking business has is cases of nepotism but the most noticeable is the Coppola family, with the biggest being Francis´ daughter Sofia as she has managed to make a name for herself in the same profession as her father before her, starting with the adaptation of the best-selling novel "The Virgin Suicides".

The story revolves around the Lisbon family which is composed by an overprotective and highly religious mother, a dorky father and five daughters (with their age range being from 13 to 17 years old). One day Cecilia, the youngest of the daughters, commits suicide for mysterious reasons so the entire neighborhood is focused on the family.

With a title like that this film falls into the category of 'depressive films' (like "Requiem for a Dream") but regardless of the subject matter´s nature you have to admit that Sofia Coppola´s debut is a confident one. "The Virgin Suicides" has solid performances with the obvious highlight being Dunst, the pacing is 100% centered in buildup and it fulfills this task wonderfully, the camerawork is solid, confident and it knows how to provide information to the viewer, an ending that is more than predictable (I mean it is in the film´s name for Christ Sake) and flirts with pretentious territory but is executed carefully (for obvious reasons) and that execution is worth all the buildup, and while the story isn't as well written as they want you to think it is still intriguing to watch the progression of the girls. However despite the things this film gets right, the characters lack any character trait whatsoever (they aren't even in stereotypes levels) so there is no emotional investment in the story. But my main issue with this film is ironically Sofia´s directing as it goes for the lowest common denominator. Sure she provides some solid camerawork but regardless I find it girlish and too literal, I mean the color have pastel look to them but as the film progresses they get more and more muted (so you won't miss the fact that the story is getting to its dark conclusion), the way she photographed the Lisbon girls (specially Kristen Dunst) is so dreamy like (I get that they are supposed to be the hottest girls of the neighborhood but that would be made clear if the script was better) and her painfully literal use of music (don't get me wrong I like most of the songs inhere but the decision to include them is just dumb. ´Look, this is the popular cool guy so let's play Heart´s "Magic Man" in his introduction scene´ or ´This scene where the characters are falling in love is a little too subtle, what if we play Heart's "Crazy on You" on top of it?´) with the exception of one scene where is actually needed for story reasons.

"The Virgin Suicides" is a confident debut for Sofia Coppola as it is moody and well crafted, but its hollow and bland characters take away any emotional impact and I have already complained about her directorial choices (which I know are her trademarks but I still don't like them). A film that's more focused on making a statement on its subject matter rather than telling a compelling story.
½ July 15, 2016
While pacing can be a bit slow, Coppola trims the Virgin Suicides into a dark movie that engages the viewer every step of the way.
June 27, 2016
Picture of 70s american home. Subtle, well paced, artisticly original.
May 31, 2016
most definitely sofias worst movie. trite and forced and way too much voice over. I want my 97 minutes back.
April 30, 2016
76%????!!!!!!????!!!! IT WAS WAAAAYYYY BETTER THAN THAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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