Saturday, April 23, 2016

The Virgin Suicides (1999)

Director: Sofia Coppola

Writers: Jeffrey Eugenides, Sofia Coppola

Composer: Air

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

More info: IMDb


Plot: A group of male friends become obsessed with five mysterious sisters who are sheltered by their strict, religious parents.

My rating: 7.5/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

There have been so many movies on my watch list for decades that it's ridiculous.  I've been hearing good things about this one since it came out.  And now I've seen it.  The dream like quality of the film is very soothing despite the dreary subject matter.  It's an impressive debut for writer/director Sofia Coppola.  I'm sure growing up the daughter of Francis gave her years of experience most people would sacrifice body parts for.  Lucky gal.  Hell, Francis might be a raging asshole to his kids for all I know.  If the young cast keeps you older folks from seeing this (a little like it did me for a while), the kids are good.  But you've also got so many other great actors in the cast that it's worth it just to see them suit up for a movie anyway.  Great score.  And how about that holy shit ending?  Nice.  The Paramount DVD has a nice anamorphic widescreen and the extras you get are a behind the scenes doc (23 minutes), the theatrical trailer (non-anamorphic wide) and the Air music video for Playground Love.

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