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March 9, 2007

'The Virgin Suicides'


I started to watch this film on DVD a couple years ago but stopped after about 10 minutes — boring.

Last night I pulled it out and found it enchanting.

Timing is everything, I guess.

Sophia Coppola's 1999 film version of Jeffrey Eugenides' 1993 first novel is set in his native upper middle class Michigan suburbs in the early 1970s.

The five beautiful Lisbon sisters are kept under lock and key by their harridan mother, played by Kathleen Turner.

Dad, played wonderfully by James Woods, is a dweeb high school math teacher with more than a trace of Asperger syndrome.

Stuff happens, sisters die, hence the title.

But the pace of the film, the feel of high school and the misery of it all for most of those present, is wonderfully evocative.

You feel so glad you're not there anymore.

At least, I did.

Danny DeVito as psychiatrist Dr. Horniker is sublime.

Kirsten Dunst plays the lead sister, with Josh Hartnett (21 at the time the film was released) as her dreamy heartthrob.

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Maybe it was because you were watching it on the writer's birthday: March 8
It's the birthday of the novelist Jeffrey Eugenides, born in Grosse Pointe, Michigan (1960). He got the idea for his first novel when he was visiting his older brother, and he got to talking to the babysitter his brother was employing at the time. She mentioned to Eugenides that she and all of her sisters had attempted suicide at least once in their lives. That conversation gave Eugenides the idea for his novel The Virgin Suicides, which came out in 1993.

Coincidence anyway

Posted by: Lisa | Mar 12, 2007 12:34:19 AM

Mmmm....Kirsten Dunst, the girl who made crooked teeth sexy.

I could mix her something to drinky-drink.

Posted by: clifyt | Mar 9, 2007 12:10:35 PM

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