The Virgin Suicides (1999)
August 19, 2022 1:33 PM - Subscribe

In an ordinary suburban house, on a lovely tree-lined street, in the middle of 1970s America, lived the five beautiful, dreamy Lisbon sisters, whose doomed fates indelibly marked the neighborhood boys.

Starring Kirsten Dunst, A.J. Cook, Hanna Hall, Leslie Hayman, and Chelse Swain as the Lisbon sisters. Also starring Josh Hartnett, Kathleen Turner, Michael Paré, Scott Glenn, Danny DeVito, and Hayden Christensen.

Directed by Sofia Coppola. Screenplay by Sofia Coppola based on the novel by Jeffrey Eugenides.

78% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.

Currently streaming in the US on Amazon Prime, Paramount+, Epix, and Fubo. Also available for digital rental on multiple outlets. JustWatch listing.
posted by DirtyOldTown (3 comments total)
Actually starring an amazing soundtrack by Air. The movie fell flat, but the score had me floored. I can't remember more than a few scraps of the story, but I'm humming right now.
posted by phooky at 7:50 PM on August 19, 2022 [8 favorites]

Oh, yeah, same. Good music. Don’t remember the movie.
posted by Don.Kinsayder at 8:35 PM on August 19, 2022

This film is the perfect bookend to a decade that started with Thelma and Louise (1991). Thelma and Louise made a choice in '91 that symbolized and handed down some hard-earned wisdom to younger women like me. And in 1999 I was older than the sisters in The Virgin Suicides, and understood instinctively, viscerally, the choices shared by the characters in both stories.

I've always thought the title of the film (née book) was designed to entice, to titillate, to get you in the door, and then of course, to be an intentional bait and switch, in terms of where you get to place your point of view as a viewer/reader. Like: Ok, you asked for this, and now you're going to get it -- the roses and the blonde hair and the pink and the golden hour and the folds and folds and folds of school uniform pleats and bias-cut 70s knits. The collective "we" of the narrator is less comfortable once you understand your role in this story.
posted by cocoagirl at 7:51 AM on August 20, 2022 [4 favorites]

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