The Virgin Suicides

A group of male friends become obsessed with five mysterious sisters who are sheltered by their strict, religious parents.
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Film Cast:

  • Mr. Lisbon: James Woods
  • Mrs. Lisbon: Kathleen Turner
  • Lux Lisbon: Kirsten Dunst
  • Trip Fontaine: Josh Hartnett
  • Adult Trip Fontaine: Michael Paré
  • Father Moody: Scott Glenn
  • Dr. Horniker: Danny DeVito
  • Mary Lisbon: A.J. Cook
  • Cecilia Lisbon: Hanna Hall
  • Therese Lisbon: Leslie Hayman
  • Bonnie Lisbon: Chelse Swain
  • Chase Buell: Anthony DeSimone
  • David Barker: Lee Kagan
  • Paul Baldino: Robert Schwartzman
  • Parkie Denton: Noah “40” Shebib
  • Tim Weiner: Jonathan Tucker
  • Kevin Head: Joe Roncetti
  • Jake Hill Conley: Hayden Christensen
  • Peter Sisten: Chris Hale
  • Dominic Palazzolo: Joe Dinicol
  • Lydia Perl: Suki Kaiser
  • Mrs. Scheer: Dawn Greenhalgh
  • Mr. Scheer: Allen Stewart-Coates
  • Mrs. Buell: Sherry Miller
  • Mr. Buell: Jonathan Whittaker
  • Mrs. Denton: Michèle Duquet
  • Mr. Denton: Murray McRae
  • Mrs. Weiner: Roberta Hanley
  • Joe Larson: Paul Sybersma
  • Mrs. Larson: Susan Sybersma
  • Trip’s Dad: Peter Snider
  • Donald: Gary Brennan
  • Curt Van Osdol: Charles Boyland
  • Chip Willard: Dustin Ladd
  • Amy Schraff: Kristin Fairlie
  • Julie: Melody Johnson
  • Danielle: Sheyla Molho
  • Sheila Davis: Ashley Ainsworth
  • Grace: Courtney Hawkrigg
  • Doctor: François Klanfer
  • Jim Czeslawski: Mackenzie Lawrenz
  • Kurt Siles: Tim Hall
  • John: Amos Crawley
  • Principal Woodhouse: Andrew Gillies
  • Mrs. Woodhouse: Mairlyn Smith
  • Mrs. Hedlie: Sally Cahill
  • Nurse: Tracey Ferencz
  • Mr. O’Conner: Scot Denton
  • Mrs. O’Conner: Catherine Swing
  • Buzz Romano: Timothy Adams
  • Parks Department Foreman: Michael Michaelessi
  • Wanda Brown: Sarah Minhas
  • Cheerleader: Megan Kennedy
  • Meredith Thompson: Sandi Stahlbrand
  • Drunk Man in Pool: Neil Girvan
  • Gloria: Jaya Karsemeyer
  • Rannie: Leah Straatsma
  • Cemetery Worker #1: Mark Polley
  • Cemetery Worker #2: Kirk Gonnsen
  • Teacher: Marianne Moroney
  • Woman in Chiffon: Anne Wessels
  • Narrator (voice): Giovanni Ribisi
  • Football “Grieving Teacher” (uncredited): Derek Boyes
  • John (Lydia’s Boss) (uncredited): John Buchan
  • Frankie (uncredited): Conor Dean Smith
  • Student (uncredited): Mandy Lee Jones
  • Prom Night Guest (uncredited): Thomas Mars
  • Parkie Denton: FourTee

Film Crew:

  • Producer: Francis Ford Coppola
  • Co-Producer: Fred Roos
  • Director: Sofia Coppola
  • Costume Design: Nancy Steiner
  • Sound Re-Recording Mixer: Richard Beggs
  • Executive Producer: Fred Fuchs
  • Producer: Dan Halsted
  • Production Design: Jasna Stefanovic
  • Line Producer: Suzanne Colvin-Goulding
  • Art Direction: Jon P. Goulding
  • Director of Photography: Edward Lachman
  • Producer: Chris Hanley
  • Novel: Jeffrey Eugenides
  • Producer: Julie Costanzo
  • Original Music Composer: Air
  • Editor: Melissa Kent
  • Editor: James Lyons
  • Set Decoration: Megan Less
  • Music Supervisor: Brian Reitzell
  • Executive Producer: Willi Bär
  • Casting: John Buchan
  • Associate Producer: Jordan Gertner
  • Casting: Linda Phillips-Palo
  • Location Casting: Howard Meltzer
  • Sound Re-Recording Mixer: Kent Sparling
  • Sound Recordist: Pete Horner
  • Casting: Robert McGee
  • Makeup & Hair: Roz Music
  • Sound Recordist: Henry Embry
  • Key Makeup Artist: Kathleen Graham
  • Co-Producer: Gary Marcus
  • Key Hair Stylist: Gail ‘Freddie’ Godden
  • Sound Recordist: Ethan Derner
  • Assistant Hairstylist: Suzanne Savage
  • Assistant Makeup Artist: Lisa Brown

Movie Reviews:

  • PimplyChicken: A very different movie, enjoyable and engrossing but at the end of it you are left wondering what the point was. Is there a moral here? A life lesson? Or is the movie just telling a quirky story? I’m still not sure. This movie is well acted and is never boring, but it is puzzling.
  • Wuchak: ***Artistic, profound, amusing, tragic, haunting coming-of-age in the 70s***

    A 13 year-old girl from a Catholic family in a Detroit suburb commits suicide during the late 70s and its effects are shown over the course of the next year in the lives of her four sisters (e.g. Kirsten Dunst), her parents (James Woods & Kathleen Turner) and the boys of the community. Josh Hartnett is on hand as the school stud who’s interested in Lux (Dunst).

    “The Virgin Suicides” (1999) was Sofia Coppola’s debut film based on the book by Jeffrey Eugenides; she would go on to great success with “Lost in Translation” (2003) and the underrated “Marie Antoinette” (2006). To be expected, Sofia’s style is similar to her father, as well as Peter Weir, but maybe more focused on feminine themes. The tone of the movie is artsy and deep, but not without a sense of humor. It’s haunting, mysterious, beautiful and impenetrable, reminiscent of Weir’s “Picnic at Hanging Rock” (1975). There’s also a great 70’s soundtrack featuring well-placed songs by The Hollies, Heart, Styx, Todd Rundgren and 10cc.

    The subtext on parental legalism brings to mind “Footloose” (1984), but it’s clear that the blame can’t be placed solely at the feet of the parents, who are certainly overprotective but also clearly loving to a degree. Cecilia’s rash actions are the catalyst and the domino effect comes into play coupled with the oppression of stifling legalism and perhaps passive revenge. At the end of the day, though, it comes down to just a stupid decision by teenagers. Yet the movie’s about way more than suicide and its causes. It’s about coming-of-age, seeking identity & a voice, coming-of-death and the haunting reflections of those that remain.

    The film runs 1 hour, 37 minutes and was shot in Toronto.

    GRADE: A-/B+

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