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The Virgin Suicides

Love, Sex, Passion, Fear, Obsession. 

Year: 1999 
Running Time:
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 (XWide) 
Certificate: BBFC 15 Cert – Not suitable for under 15s 
Subtitles: This film is not expected to be subtitled, though this cannot be guaranteed. 
Directed by Sofia Coppola 
Starring: Kirsten Dunst, Kathleen Turner, James Woods  
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This is the story of the five Lisbon sisters, aged between 13 and 17. They hold the boys of a Michigan suburb captive with their beauty. The mystery of the girls is only deepen when Cecilia, the youngest, shockingly commits suicide.

To protect their remaining daughters the girl’s over zealous parents (Turner and Woods) forbid them to date or even to leave the house.

The local boys eager to obtain even a glimpse of the girl’s beauty wait and watch. The girls smuggle a message requesting help to the boys who arrange a secret meeting.

This is a melancholy movie of four lost girls who can't find their way into the light because of their over-protective parents. At times I wanted to yell at the parents and cry for the girls who never get experience life.

The only reason it wasn’t instant classic is because of its theme of teenage suicide. It is the sad, morbid, yet touching tale of four teenage sisters who, because of their demanding parents, end their lives because they know they have nothing left.

I highly recommend this very good drama, it has a slice of life in every scene. You won't forget this one, it will make you want to save the girls and hope that society is not always so dense in what they see, and that we will do something before tragedy occurs again.

Jonathan Corfe

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Screenings of this film:

2000/2001 Autumn Term (35mm)
2018/2019 Spring Term (35mm)