Kathleen Turner turns in a performance that is so good you wonder how she got overlooked when it came Oscar time. I'm not sure if it's inepptitude can be solely blamed on Sophia Coppola but since she is the writer and director, where else can you look. The cast is very good, if a little surprising. But it does one thing and that is it confirms one of the oldest adages in the world. Josh Harnett is wonderful as Trip and the girls who play Therese, Mary, Bonnie and Cecilia, are great discoveries. In the film, Giovanni Ribisi provides the voice of an adult Tim Weiner, who relays the events to the audience. Kirsten Dunst, the beautiful and talented young actress that portrays the most rebellious of the sisters, is stunning and provacative.
The Virgin Suicides presents itself as a story about five mysterious Lisbon sisters. Lisbon locks the girls at home, leading them to commit massive suicide. The movie however isn't really a character movie. Honestly, I'd describe this film as a light-hearted flick rather than depressing. And that has to start with Sophia Coppola.
When you read the title, you automatically assume that this movie will be insanely depressing. Neither do they sympathize with the girls. There were no bars on the windows!!! The movie is about the Lisbon sisters, whose parents are overly protective. I really lacked some reality in this movie. It's probably because of Copolla's choice to focus on the sisters themselves and not the boys; this way, much of the mystery about them is gone, and it was one of the driving forces in the book.
I'm only writing because I was so appalled by it watching it the second time the first being in the theater some years back. I had been meaning to see The Virgin Suicides since I first heard it was being released to film, based on its 1993 book by Jeffrey Eugenides. I found the acting by Kathleen Turner in this part to be just down right pathetic. She's the victim of it. After she goes to the homecoming dance with Trip Fontaine Josh Hartnett and doesn't arrive home until early morning in a cab, Mr and Mrs, Lisbon pull the rest of their daughters out of school and keep them confined in their house. The first was an action by Cecilia to deal with her emotions over her life.
American Pie was a retread of Porky's, Fasttimes and many other teen films from the 80's. The slow but steady death of nature at the hands of the human race. Lux isn't a heroine, which she's clearly made into through this film. It holds a 76% approval rating on review aggregator website , based on 95 reviews, with a of 6. Lisbon shuts the house in maximum security isolation, the girl's only contact with the outside world is through these boys. Sophia had a lot of good advice, and took a risky path.
The scenes which appear to strive to be the most powerful were the most annoying - especially James Woods' and Kathleen Turner's discovery of the body of the first daughter to successfully take her own life. In the basement they discover Bonnie hanging from a rope tied to the ceiling rafters. It works not because it rings true, but because its falseness rings true. The only thing I know is that this adaptation by Sophia Coppola is fantastic. This is a physiological reality that comes into conflict with the values of a society.
Cecilia 13 Hanna Hall , Lux 14 Kirsten Dunst , Bonnie 15 Chelse Swain , Mary 16 A. It then opened on April 21, 2000, in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Boring because nothing amusing happens but instead the director forces you to think by placing obvious symbolisms. Local newspaper writer Linda Perl notes that the suicides come exactly one year after Cecilia's first attempt and describes the girls as tragic creatures so cut off from life, that death was not much of a change. In the morning, the authorities come for the dead bodies, as the girls had apparently made a : Bonnie hanged herself, Therese overdosed on sleeping pills, and Lux died of after sealing herself in the garage with the car running. The screenplays below are the only ones that are available online.
But what exactly was this film about? Kirsten Dunst is intoxicatingly beautiful in this movie and really proves she is going to be an amazing actress to watch in the years ahead. The sisters were mysteries if only because of having a strict and overprotective upbringing by their father, who taught math at the girls' private co-ed school, and overly devout Catholic mother, who largely dictated the household rules. And of course we all know that it is because of mom and dad. I was also unsure about how large the role was gonna be, because a lot of it was without dialogue. Coppola's film is exactly the same.
Coppola's background in costuming is also evident, displaying the decadence and tackiness of the observing characters, contrasted with the spare Puritainism of the Lisbons. I counted, after I began to count about 10 different segments in the film that had no bearing to the story, just shots really, that were there for no other reason than to be there was there an editor present on this film? Despite these flaws, the general mood of the book was there in the movie, and I'm sure this would have been a challenge to most film-makers, even those far more experienced than Sofia, so I would say that she did exceedingly well. Through a twist of fate and spurred by the power of his love for his woman and his family he will make a desperate break to return home and to ultimately save his way of life. During this time, Lux rebels against her repression and becomes overtly promiscuous, having anonymous sexual encounters on the roof of her house late at night; the neighborhood boys spy from across the street. Devastated by the suicides, Mr. She goes to see a shrink Danny Devito who tells her parents James Woods and Kathleen Turner, who seems to be lost in this role that he thinks Cecilia just did it for attention. But bringing Trip Fontaine to life was not an easy task, given the importance of the character and the fact the screen time was limited, and he pulls that off with ease.