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The Virgin Suicides

“Cecilia was the first to go,” the movie starts, followed by an ambulance, implying how serious her attempt was. When asks why she did it, she replies,”Obviously, Doctor, you’ve never been a 13-year-old girl”.

A drastic event about five daughters who commits suicide at Michigan in 1970’s is told by a collective narrator(s) that have a passion and love for the Lisbon girls. Their voice acts as a guideline as the film progresses and the information revealed came from their extensive research and intimate memories. Despite the complex storyline, Sofia Coppola handled a dramatic story, from the book of Jeffrey Eugenides with the same title, with such subtlety and had managed to produce an independent film filled with eerie and sad feeling yet memorable at the same time. (more…)

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The Virgin Suicides (1993)

Before the trash collected itself from the curb, before the fence was remove, before the house was labeled as haunted, before the parents got divorce, before the suicides happened, the Lisbon family was living peacefully in Michigan with their 5 daughters: Cecilia, Lux, Bonnie, Mary and Therese.

Told nearly twenty years later after “there were no more daughters to save”, the story was narrated by a collective first-person observer from a group of middle-age men addicted to the Lisbon girls. The tragedy started when Cecilia cut herself on the wrist, a near-death experience. As if that was just a game, she tried it again but this time jumped off from her window and was impaled against the fence: a sure kill. The remaining girls suffered from “Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder”, and peer pressure. As the narrator said,  “Inside their house they were prisoners; outside, lepers.”

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