Friday, April 3, 2015

The Virgin Suicides (1999)

Director: Sofia Coppola. Cast: Kirsten Dunst, Josh Hartnett, James Woods, Kathleen Turner, Scott Glenn, Danny DeVito. 97 min. Rated R. Drama.

Watching Sofia Coppola's creepy debut feature, about five sisters whose fate is spelled out in the title, I realized her common theme isn't just human loneliness, but a girl's loneliness/distance from her father: in The Virgin SuicidesMarie Antoinette, and The Bling Ring, the absence of a dependable father figure is striking; in Somewhere, she's practically searching for one; in Lost in Translation she finds one (but then loses him). Is she telling us something about her relationship with her own world-renowned father? In any case, Coppola has successfully cemented her own style, so I'll wait for her masterpiece.

PS: Thank you, Maryam! This one almost went under the radar.

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