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4.0 out of 5 stars Haunting and powerful, but not for the light-hearted., 23 Feb. 2006
By A Customer
This review is from: The Virgin Suicides [DVD] [2000] (DVD)
I have just seen this film and, having seen some of the comments, wanted to say what I thought.
I completely disagree that following the actions of the boys creates too much distance between you and the girls. Is that not the point? The girls are supposed to be mysterious and there would be no mystery without that distance. It's madening that you don't know more about them, but that's where the power lies in the storyline. We are seeing them as everyone else does - not just the boys. And I think the film does this well. You get empathy with the boys and other onlookers. What would be the point in a storyline where the girls are supposed to be enigmatic but we know all about them?
Also, I think to cover it from this onlookers viewpoint is an original and fresh way of telling a story.
I will have to reserve judgement on how it compares to the book until I have read the book too though!
This is definitely worth seeing and I think has a strongly shocking edge in its lead up to the inevitable.
Also, I don't think Lux died of a broken heart from Trip but, along with the other girls in their own ways, died of a broken spirit so that they all wandered round like ghosts in the house before actually completing the act. I think the film implies they died because they had the life crushed from them by their parents but also from life/their neighbourhood/people prying on them as they almost aren't worldly. Hence why the boys are amazed that Mr and Mrs Lisbon have had such stunning and almost angel-like daughters.
The music's good for this - Air and some 70s cheese mixed in.
The ending is a bit shocking though and stays with you - be warned! Probably avoid this film if you don't like 'unfinished endings'.
I just wish the DVD had some chats with the cast to see what they thought about the story and how they handled it - would have made very interesting viewing.
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Initial post: 17 Oct 2008 15:58:59 BDT
Diva_Dannie says:
I agree, i wish the stars would say something about being in the film!
but the film's great so that's what mainly counts :)
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