VERY VERY GOOD  DEBUT FEATURE FILM FROM THE GODFATHER DIRECTOR’S DAUGHTER – 1999

the virgin suicides

After some (not so very good) experiences as actress, including The Godfather: part 3, Francis Ford Coppola daughter gave a try to directing, and what a great move, considering this debut movie and  her other later works: Lost in Translation (her masterpiece), Marie Antoinette (average movie, great post-punk soundtrack), Somewhere (with an outstanding performance from Stephen Dorff, not only for wearing a Black Flag t-shirt).

The story is about the life (and death, no spoiler here as you find out about it in the title and opening scene) of the 5 Lisbon sisters (non all virgins, after all), part of a middle-class family living  in a mid-west suburb during the 70s,  everything seen from the point of view of a bunch of teenager boys.
Adaptation of a  novel from Jeffrey Eugenides, the subject doesn’t seem very appealing, but Sofia uses a subtle touch dressed with some dark humour, adding  a great cast (James Woods, Kathleen Turner, Danny De Vito, Kirsten Dunst, Josh Hartnett) and a terrific soundtrack (with original music by french group Air).

Some memorable scenes, my favourite being the secret phone conversation between girls and boys, communicating through the mutual playing of vinyl records.

DEBUTOLOGY SCORE: 7/10


BUYING TIPS

US R1 DVD: The Virgin Suicides

US/EUR R2 DVD: The Virgin Suicides [DVD] [2000]

THE SOUNDTRACK: The Virgin Suicides: Original Motion Picture Score

THE NOVEL: The Virgin Suicides: A Novel