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Based on the 1993 novel by Jeffrey Eugenides, THE VIRGIN SUICIDES tells the dreamlike tale of the Lisbons, a family living in a sheltered 1970s suburbia. When Cecilia (Hannah Hall), the youngest of the five teenage Lisbon daughters, inexplicably commits suicide, the rest of the family--Mr. Lisbon (James Woods), an awkward high school math teacher; Mrs. Lisbon (Kathleen Turner), a stern, humorless housewife; and the four remaining sisters: Lux (Kirsten Dunst), Bonnie (Chelse Swain), Mary (A.J. Cook), and Therese (Leslie Hayman)--recedes into a morbid cloud of repression and denial. As the girls are forced to retreat from everyday life by their conservative mother, they become the subject of fascination for a group of neighborhood boys, who narrate the story and hope to rescue the girls from their listless confinement.
The first feature by director-screenwriter Sofia Coppola (Francis Ford Coppola's daughter), THE VIRGIN SUICIDES is a mesmerizingly atmospheric film that perfectly captures both the moody tone of the book and the light-saturated feel of the 1970s. Dunst gives a standout performance as the promiscuous Lux, who becomes the sole obsession of high school ladies' man Trip Fontaine (Josh Hartnett). The movie also includes cameos by Danny DeVito and Scott Glenn. In addition to songs by Heart and Todd Rundgren, the film features an evocative score by the French duo Air.
James Woods, Kathleen Turner, Kirsten Dunst, Josh Hartnett, Hanna Hall, Hannah Hall, Hannah R. Hall, A.J. Cook, Danny DeVito, Danny De Vito, Scott Glenn, Jonathan Tucker, Chelse Swain, Leslie Hayman, Anthony DeSimone, Michelle Duquet, Michael Par, Michael Pare
"...The movie's best moments have an inspired feeling of playfulness and freedom matched by Ms. Dunst's smart, beguiling performance as Lux Lisbon..."
New York Times
"...[The film is] disarmingly wispy....[The virgins] are blessed with great luminosity..."
"...This sublimely confident and poetic debut has the power to endure..." -- 4 out of 5 stars
"...Coppola does a lovely job of staging the romance..."
"...There are nice moments throughout, and Coppola has done a deft job evoking the spirit of the film's period and suburban setting..."
"...Sofia Coppola shows an impressive maturity and an assured skill....The result is a highly affecting film unafraid to exact an emotional toll..."
Los Angeles Times
"...The director captures the novel's intrinsic nostalgia for the loss of adolescence..."
"...THE VIRGIN SUICIDES is Sofia Coppola's first film....She has the courage to play it in a minor key....She is content with the air of mystery and loss that hangs in the air like bitter poignancy..."
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