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The Virgin Suicides
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Directed By
Sofia Coppola

Written By:
Sofia Coppola, Jeffrey Eugenides, Jeffrey Eugenides

Cast:
Kirsten Dunst, Kathleen Turner, James Woods, Josh Hartnett, A.J. Cook, Danny DeVito, Scott Glenn, Jonathan Tucker, Michael Pare, Robert Schwartzman, Hayden Christensen, Giovanni Ribisi, Chelse Swain, Hanna Hall, Leslie Hayman, Anthony DeSimone, Lee Kagan, Noah Shebib

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The Virgin Suicides (2000)
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Movie Review by Jessica Film Junkie
April 20th, 2007

Fantastic

A mesmerizing and hypnotic film about the tragedy of lost youth and the selfishness of innocence.

Sofia Coppola's debut tells the story of the Lisbon sisters as seen through they eyes of four neighbour boys who become obsessed with them. Through the mature voice of one of these boys we see the knowledge of one year 25 years ago when five sisters took their own lives. Through this aged perspective we see how these girls behave but never who they were or why they did what they did. For these boys would be haunted with those questions for the rest of their lives.

It is an interesting perspective to hear someone's story told through a character we never really get to know. We are kept at a distance throughout this film from the sisters, the boys, the time, place, all the reasons. We can never know truly why the Lisbon sisters did what they did just as we can never really understand why someone would take their own life.

This film is moving, sullen and very feminine, unlike so many movies made supposedly 'for women' in Hollywood, this is actually a very female tale, despite being told by a man.

Kirsten Dunst gives a great performance as Lux, the over-sexed Lisbon sister, you understand completely why men are so drawn to her, but also the quirkiness of her character that keeps her apart from other girls. The other Lisbon girls are quiet, shy and seem too smart for their own good, while Lux is the great equalizer.

James Woods and Kathleen Turner are also excellent as the parents who are trying their best but just can't seem to understand what their daughters need.

A great film.

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