The Virgin Suicides
WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A family of young girls struggle under their overbearing and controlling parents. In the midst of their blossoming sexuality, they’re both curious and eager to reciprocate the affections of boys in their neighborhood. Forced to contend with an insurmountable battle of wills, the girls are eventually faced with a horrible decision.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
A very impressive debut from Coppola which some will argue employs far more style than substance. Still, her storytelling technique (she wrote the film) kept me intrigued and captivated the whole way through. Her camera techniques created dreamy sequences serving as excellent backgrounds to the haunting story. The movie though, focuses primarily on the adolescent experiences of longing and desire. How we feel when we fall in love. What it's like to be infatuated. It accomplishes this very well, transporting us back to the days of our youthful innocence. Bleeding emotions, the tones gradually shift from ecstasy to heartbreak as the girls find themselves cut off from their male counterparts.
Coppola creates a harrowing feeling of entrapment within the family’s household, as the 5 sisters struggle to break free from their parents’ smothering rules. They are subsequently forced to relinquish everything they cherish; their music, freedom and love. Forced to put aside their feelings of desire and curiosity, they are ultimately driven towards their final decision. One of the best aspects of this film is the soothing soundtrack provided by the French duo Air. Fans of the group will love the soundscapes which fade in and out during crucial moments of the film. I thought this was a beautiful melancholic tale, and easily one of the better movies of 2000.
"The Making of the Virgin Suicides" is a 23 minute look at Coppola’s directorial efforts and features interviews with cast and crew. At times, it’s almost a blatant nod towards cinematic nepotism as we’re introduced to members of the Coppola clan who were involved in the production of the movie. We’re also shown clips of daddy dearest, Francis Ford Coppola, who was on hand during several days of shooting of the movie. (He also served as executive producer) Nevertheless, it’s a solid little extra. A music video for Air’s "Playground Love" is also included in the extras as well as 2 theatrical trailers. A very brief gallery of photos from the movie rounds out the extras. The menus feature clips from the soundtrack and some animation.
This is a nice little DVD release from the people over at Paramount. The movie itself is a heartbreaking portrait of an interrupted infatuation, one which proves to be extremely effective in telling its story and touching the viewer. Accompanying the movie are some solid bonus features which should tide over most fans of the flick. It’s a solid DVD which makes for an excellent rental.