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The Virgin Suicides: A Newspaper Article

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''The Virgin Suicides'' Love, Lust, Passion, Obsession, Despair, Desire, Insecurity, Innocence In her directorial debut, Sofia Coppola shows an impressive maturity and assured skill in adapting Jeffrey Eugenides' novel ''The Virgin Suicides'' to make it her own. Bagging a total of 3 awards and 9 nominations, Ms Coppola certainly made her name as a director. The latter did not fail to mention that without her perfectly selected cast, this film wouldn't be a success. Kirsten Dunst plays Lux and brilliantly balances the innocence and wickedness of her character while Josh Hartnett is Trip Fontaine, high school's bad boy who unsurprisingly falls in love with Lux. One of the best performances in this film is that of James Woods who plays Mr. Lisbon, the girls' distant father and allows himself to be dominated by his strict wife (Kathleen Turner). ...read more.


It suggests that the girls were unhappy, although they never showed it, and that their family was never able to understand or deal with it. The film itself does not focus on the reasons why the girls committed suicide but the suicides themselves and their impact on the family and society. The director skilfully turns the suicides into something that could not have been avoided and this only increases our feeling of mystery and drama. When Cecilia ultimately commits suicide, the Lisbon family receives a terrible blow that they would perhaps never recover from. Nonetheless, Lux (Kirsten Dunst) makes an effort to have a life. She goes out with Trip Fontaine (Josh Hartnett), high school's bad boy. Trip takes his shot and persuades Mr Lisbon (James Woods) to ask 'the wife' if he could accompany Lux to the Ball. ...read more.


"The reason I got involved in the first place was that I didn't want to see a film of this book that was going to be morbid, violent or sexual. What I loved about it when I first read it was that it's like a celebration of first love and how that haunts you forever. Its real theme is loss and the idea that things happen in life that you have no explanation for. The story is made up of memories and fragments of memories, and the feeling I got from it is that you can never figure out what they all mean until you stop trying, and then you just remember the real meaning of people. And of the time when they were suddenly gone and how it changed everything." She added, "Everyone has to go through something like that." Although it is unlike the stereotypical teen movie, it still has it's moments of magic like any other teen movies; the prom, the unfamiliar family party and the phone conversations spoken only by records. ...read more.

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