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The Virgin Suicides (1999)

R | | Drama, Romance | 19 May 2000 (USA)
A group of male friends become obsessed with five mysterious sisters who are sheltered by their strict, religious parents in suburban Detroit in the mid-1970s.

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A man about forty years of age tells the story from when he was a teenager in upscale suburban Detroit of his and three of his friends' fascination with the mysterious and doomed Lisbon sisters. In 1974, the sisters were seventeen year old Therese, sixteen year old Mary, fifteen year old Bonnie, fourteen year old Lux, and thirteen year old Cecilia. Their fascination still remains as they try to piece together the entire story. 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. The story focuses primarily on two incidents and the resulting situations on the girls' lives. The first was an action by Cecilia to deal with her emotions over her life. And the second was the relationship between Lux - the sister who pushed the boundaries of the household rules most overtly in doing what most teenagers want to... Written by Huggo

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Rated R for strong thematic elements involving teens | See all certifications »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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$235,122 (USA) (21 April 2000)

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$4,859,475 (USA) (25 August 2000)
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Shortly after this film received its wide release, Hayden Christensen was announced as the next actor to play Anakin Skywalker in the Star Wars prequels. Director Sofia Coppola had previously appeared in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999). See more »

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To show the Lisbon house's gradual dilapidation, the 7 on the house number above the door is sideways as if it was missing a nail. In a later shot that is meant to demonstrate the passage of time, the 7 is upright again. See more »

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Tim Weiner: What we have here is a dreamer. Someone completely out of touch with reality.
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"How much can you write about dead trees?"
13 November 2001 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

A strange, surreal flight-of-fancy of death and love, remembrance and how romanticized our memories become. It's also very funny, tending to mix the black comedy of something like "Heathers" with the stifling suburban scenario of "American Beauty" (but it's better than both). Kirsten Dunst is fantastic as the foxiest of five golden-toned sisters in the mid-'70s who feel trapped by their parents (a peculiar, but not overly monstrous couple), trapped by their feelings, trapped by time. They can breathe--and live freely--only in their fantasies (and perhaps in death), but do their realities represent a prison? It's the talent of writer-director Sofia Coppola not to push everything over-the-top; she's careful, she leaves the viewer contemplating the characters' motivations and actions. The situation is indeed unexplainable, yet it is in our nature to expect a resolution, to expect concrete evidence as to WHY and demand an answer. Yet there are no answers to the sadness of the strangers who live across the street, even as we pass through their lives and through their houses. "The Virgin Suicides" offers fascinating food for thought. *** from ****


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