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The Virgin Suicides Reviews

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October 9, 2015
Burgeoning female sexuality is simultaneously explored and mystified in Sofia Coppola's tender and emotional bear debut film about a group of sisters becoming women and the boys who tried to understand them from afar. Cecilia was the first to go.
Robert B.
Super Reviewer
October 8, 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.
September 4, 2015
One of the best movies ever.
August 29, 2015
Hypochondriac and self-exaggerating.
August 21, 2015
This movie was really amazing I started watching it thinking it wouldn't be that great but I was very surprised at how much I liked it. I would definitely recommend it.
August 15, 2015
just finished the book yesterday so had to watch the movie
August 1, 2015
Well shot, well use of soundtrack, good interpretation of the book.
August 1, 2015
Powerfull movie about aborted youths, love, hope ...
I'll always remembers how sad and mooving they destiny let me so helpless ... I really love this MASTERPIECE !!!!
July 27, 2015
Not as good as I was expecting, but the acting and directing have their moments.
½ July 26, 2015
beautiful, intense, deep, grim, perfect composition
½ July 18, 2015
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.
July 7, 2015
Dark, thought-provoking, and enjoyable.

I liked this more than I thought I would. It seems like a solid glimpse into teenage life from a girl's perspective. It's full of serious, and a few humorous, moments that anyone can relate to on some level.

It worth watching and pondering.
May 28, 2015
El debt de Sofia Coppola queda impreso por una capa de misticidad que no podría ser lograda sin la actuación intimista de Dunst y por supuesto, la sensibilidad que Coppola arma en tomas a la luz de la tarde, silencios duraderos y el esparcimiento de interrogantes que esparce conforme los minutos.
½ May 28, 2015
Durst gives a solid performance in a very solid sad family drama.
May 9, 2015
Some interesting moments, but the whole thing didn't ring true.
½ April 22, 2015
Although a bit strange for a coming of age story, this still grips the audience with it's tragic premise, with the actors blooming from their age. It's a very in depth and appreciative look into the world of a teenage woman.
Super Reviewer
½ April 6, 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.
April 2, 2015
I wasn't expectinng to actually have fun with this movie, considering it's a very depressing drama, but this movie also had some really lovely moments and it can really put a smile on your face! The main story is about five sisters whose parents are very strict and religious, when one of the sisters commits suicide, the parents get even more scared for the rest of their children. The characters are all quite likeable and it's easy to get attached to them. The acting was really nice, the actors put a lot of effort and emotion in their characters and that can be seen very quickly. The soundtrack is very fitting for this kind of a movie, with some good calm rock songs, but also a few louder, happier songs. The ending was just shocking! I wasn't expecting anything like that, although it was foreshadowed throughout the entire movie. All in all, a very moving and realistic movie which some could think is a bit dumb, because of how the family reacts and how the daughters react to that, but those kind of families really exist unfortunately. If interested in moving and sad films, take a look at this one.
March 31, 2015
I've always told friends of mine that my dream girl would be a combination of Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Stone, Liz Phair, and PJ Harvey, a sort of 1990s alt-rock hellion/cool actress who also has a slick sense of humor. It's all fantasy, sure - no one on the face of the Earth probably has all the qualities I like most about these women - but everyone, young or old, is guilty of materializing love, romance, lust, whatever you may call it. One can only imagine all the '70s era teenage dudes who saw that infamous Farrah Fawcett poster and thought "I want a girl like that", and one can only imagine the present-day tween girls who are still sobbing over the fact that their ideal husband, that black haired smolderer from One Direction, has left the boy band in favor of a normal life. Everyone knows they can't always have who they want, but why not obsess over the things you can't and never will have? In some ways, desire is even more dangerous than contentment; contentment is temporary, while desire can last for ages, forever.
Upon the released of "The Virgin Suicides" in 2000, critics and audiences were perplexed as to why all the Lisbon daughters (expect for the subtly tortured Cecilia) all killed themselves on the same day. Was it the fault of their overprotective parents? The boys who looked at them as objects rather than people? Their deaths cannot be looked at too analytically because the film is far too cryptic to give too much away. "The Virgin Suicides", however, is not cryptic when displaying what these girls represent: the childhood crushes you never made it with/understood/got to know, the idealism of sex in a pre-sex world, the fantasies you made better in your head but ignored in the scheme of reality. The deaths are not just tragic; they also act as the demise of idealism. What happens when you step out from the shadows and realize that a golden-haired Lisbon girl or a Jennifer Lawrence/Emma Stone/Liz Phair/PJ Harvey combination do not and will not exist anywhere other than in your dreams? The film marks the beginning of that awkward period in which you begin to shed the wool skins of rose-colored childhood and try-on the brutal truths of adulthood.
The Lisbon family appears to be a healthy, picture perfect rendering of the American family. Father (James Woods) is a well-liked math teacher at the local high school. Mother (Kathleen Turner) is a doting housewife. Their beautiful daughters, Lux (Kirsten Dunst), Cecilia (Hanna Hall), Bonnie (Chelse Swain), Mary (A.J. Cook), and Therese (Leslie Hayman), are pretty in the most untouchable of ways. The neighborhood boys are fascinated by them. Neighborhood girls want to look like them, to be them. But after Cecilia attempts suicide, the pleasant landscape begins to fade. Father is unhappy, passive, almost a ghost. Mother is overly possessive, forcing her daughters to dress in modest clothes, punishing them with isolation in retaliation for the slightest mistake. But then Cecilia goes through with her suicidal intent. Lux has sex for the first time. The boys become even more intrigued. In response, the Lisbon parents keep their daughters in such confinement that most would accuse them of abuse. Then, they all kill themselves at the same time. The end.
Or is it? The lives of the Lisbon girls were short and enigmatic, but their porcelain beauty haunts the pubescent boys who lingered over them for so many lusty months. The guy who took Lux's virginity (Josh Harnett) abandoned her that very same night - a sickening move, considering the location (a football field) - but in retrospect, he talks about her like she was his true love, unmatched by any other. The narrator is plagued with the confusion surrounding their deaths, as if he can't understand why the Farrah Fawcett poster on his wall would suddenly leave him alone to experience the real world. The combination of the loss of innocence and such a traumatic event leaves them stunted, trapped in sweatiness of their younger days.
The remarkable restraint of "The Virgin Suicides" is what makes it such an exceptionally eerie piece. The directorial debut of Sofia Coppola, who has gone on to make other masterpieces in understatement, such as "Lost in Translation" and "Somewhere", is photographed with an unsettlingly warm sepia lens and finds its music in period songs that don't quite fit, making for a soundtrack that obviously uses tunefulness to hide a souring inside. What Coppola has done here is remarkable: She creates a conceptual (almost plastic) world but finds the truth in it by keeping things on such a low note. As viewers, we always feel like we're being kept out of something, only heightening the swirling mist of mystery the film initially promises.
Sometimes "The Virgin Suicides" is just too restrained for my tastes, but it doesn't make the film any less mesmerizing. It projects a depressingly comedic but affectingly melancholy aura that leaves a lasting, dreamily nightmarish impression.
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