Thursday, December 15, 2005

A tiara and a tree stump: the bittersweet tale of the Virgin Suicides

I don't really have the time nor the inclination to break down all the reasons why I love this film save to say this: The Virgin Suicides highlights with such razor sharp focus the everything and nothing, the outrageous passion and the dull tedium of early adolescence that it actually makes my chest hurt. Not many other people that I've discussed this film with have liked it all that much, but I think it's spectacular.

5 comments:

Katharine said...

I haven't seen it before, and I had to work the night it was on SBS :( I think I'll have to borrow the DVD....

Erin said...

Other people are wrong. It is an incredible movie.

Ladybug said...

I loved this movie too, and I loved the book it is based on. The main criticism I heard about both was that they are voyeuristic and mysogynist in the way they portray the female characters as objects. But I mean, isn't that the point? That the boys really didn't understand the girls as whole beings but just in these little fragments- in pieces of hair, threads of dresses, bits of conversation... I remember as a younger girl, being completely awe struck by the world of boys (I grew up in a house of women) and imagining their world to be almost alien in how different it seemed compared to mine...

Anyway, Jeffrey Eugenides is great. The other book that I have read by him is Middlesex and it is just amazing.

T. said...

I was going to ask if you'd seen Lost in Translation, but checked your profile and see that I don't have to. Sofia Coppola makes things look so beautiful.

Don Quixote said...

Wow, I'm glad there are some people out there that agree with me!

Katharine - 'tis a pity you missed it the other night; it is definitely worth the drive to the local blockbuster and the $4.00 it will cost you to hire it.

Erin - That is what I think, however other people just won't listen to me.

Ladybug - I haven't read the book, but I'll definitely put it on the reading list. I don't know why people would criticize it for being misogynist as, ultimately, the girls die from their repression - a clear condemnation of misogyny if you ask me.

T - I looooovvvvee Lost in translation. I like it so much that I go all nonsensical and extend words like loooovvve when I talk about it.