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  • Format: Import
  • Language: French, English
  • Subtitles: French
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00604XG60
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 175,151 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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WARNING: French subtitles cannot be turned off. French (UK Region) import with original English audio. A group of male friends become obsessed with five mysterious sisters who are sheltered by their strict, religious parents.

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 31 Dec. 2005
Format: DVD
Having read Jeffrey Eugenides' The Virgin Suicides, easily one of the most remarkable, haunting novels ever written, I would have said it was impossible to adapt the story to film - and, to some degree, I would have been right. Still, this film adaptation does as fine as job as is humanly possible to bring the ethereal Lisbon girls and the boys obsessed with them and their tragedy to life. It's an excellent, convoluted movie that defies convention and embraces the mystery of the tragedy, but believe me when I say that anyone remotely interested in this movie simply must read the original novel. This movie offers just the first taste of a surreal and tragic story that haunts the reader as much as the suicides haunt the lives of the boys still trying to understand the mystery of the Lisbon girls they adored in ways they could never have put into words. The true magic of the story isn't the sequence of tragic events that unfold; it's the indescribable, impenetrable, unseen world the girls lived in.
The novel tells the story from the outside looking in, through the eyes of the neighborhood boys who obsessed over the Lisbon girls, dreamed about them, and sought some form of access to their haunting inner world. The girls themselves were ethereal creatures spotted only sporadically, surreal ghosts of the lively, vibrant girls they should have been. A movie could never recreate such an abstract viewpoint - the only possible way to do it is to take us into the Lisbon house from the very start. We see what takes places within those walls, watch the interactions of the girls with their parents and one another, and that obviously takes away from some of the mystery inherent in the novel. Even still, we don't get to know the girls as well as we do in the novel.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jenny J.J.I. on 29 Jun. 2007
Format: DVD
A lot viewer's know that Sofia Coppola is not much of a great actress, but she seems to have inherited some of her father's talents in this film. Coppola knows how to get the best from her actors and a few "coming of age" films have the sensual, dream-like quality as this 1974 look at upper middle class American suburbia.

Written and directed by her, this mesmerizing account of adolescent sexual socialization (set in the posh suburbs of 1974 Detroit) has a bittersweet quality, yet is tragic as well. A group of young teenage boys come into contact with five bewitchingly beautiful teenage sisters in their affluent neighborhood. Each savor the short time they have with these girls, who are extremely overprotected by their devout Catholic parents (Woods and Turner).

Humorous, sensual, and highly evocative of "boy-meets-girl awkwardness" as seen through the boys' eyes, this film is a tribute to an American way of life not unlike "American Beauty". However, the dreaminess comes to an abrupt end... an "awakening", if you will... by the boys as they come to grips with a tragedy they are barely able to comprehend Sofia Coppola is an immensely talented filmmaker. She recreates the 70's era effortlessly, and allows the characters to all be real people instead of mere thumbnail sketches.

While this movie might lack a standard plot structure it succeeds dramatically in capturing the mood and feel of a certain generation. Obviously this movie will speak loudest to those who experience adolescence in the seventies but it also communicates strongly to all people recollecting that period of their lives. The great tragedy imparted in this movie is that of young beauty extinguished and the fruitless search to discover how this crime against nature could have occurred.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mel_susanmellor@excite.co.uk on 31 Jan. 2001
Format: DVD
this story is not like any before, suicide has been a sheltered topic that lurks its deathly existance throughout are troubled world. yet this brave tale confronts the perplexing mystery that sinks throughout our subconcious and disturbs our mind against the heinous reality, of the troubled teen who out of a misery who most could never comprehend takeing their young life. Understanding this story is a noble task, you either can't, or are better of not, yet there is a precious fascination, that mystifies you and consumes your attention, and you are spellbound, by the magic it projects upon you. this story is for all the young adolescent teens who consider their parents to sheltering. A hell that can suck, your spirit. At first it seems ridiculous in the reasons, but you finally after watching this disturbed gem realise, that they had no other choice, apart to take their life. A tragic jewl, through despiration, innocence and the corrupted obsession, of schoolboys fantasies. but the saddest part of this film is even thought they dissapear from this world, their deaths will stay with you and in a crazy way you can sympathise.Tragic, tainted, precious.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Rodney Turner on 13 Aug. 2003
Format: DVD
...of this film. Being a teenager, i can understand how my review may not be helpful in convincing you to buy this. But hear me out anyway. Firstly, who watches the credits all the way through on movies? very few i'd imagine. This was the first movie that i watched all the credits for, simply because i couldn't move, it was one of the purest, most beautiful and unapologetic films i have ever seen in my life.
In a similar way to American Beauty and Pulp Fiction, the film isn't really about anything in terms of epic story, but is simply about the lives of the characters, and their emotions (anyone who says that human lives have a plot is obviously lying) and thus touches you all the more through its lack of story in the traditional sense.
I do apologise but i must cut my review short as someone else neeeds to use the phone line. Buy this film people, it is all i can say.
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