Program

Film

The Virgin Suicides

Sofia Coppola

The December film program features debut films and important early works that defined the careers of four distinctive directors. Ranging from funny and strange to bizarre and fantastical, the series features highly stylized and singular views on the coming-of-age genre.


With this debut feature, Sofia Coppola announced her singular vision, exploring the aesthetics of femininity while illuminating the interior lives of young women. An adaptation of Jeffrey Eugenides’s popular first novel, The Virgin Suicides conjures the ineffable melancholy of teenage longing and ennui in its story of the suicides of the five Lisbon sisters, stifled by the rules of their overprotective religious parents—as told through the collective memory of a group of men who were boys at the time and still yearn to understand what happened. Evoking its 1970s suburban setting through ethereal cinematography by Ed Lachman and an atmospheric score by Air, the film secured a place for its director in the landscape of American independent cinema and has become a coming-of-age touchstone.

The Virgin Suicides

Directed by Sofia Coppola

1999, USA, 97 Minutes, 14A

English

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