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Timec's avatar


"Good movie, but as always, book was way better."

Not to get sidetracked, but there are many, many cases where the movie is better than the book (insofar as they can be compared.) In a lot of cases, in fact, a movie so overshadows its book version that most people don't even know that it was based on a book (see: "Rififi," "Vertigo," "Touch of Evil," "The Graduate," "Contempt," "The Manchurian Candidate," "Paths of Glory," "Nights of Cabiria," etc.) Most halfway objective viewers (ie, those who don't systematically prefer the novel form of storytelling over the cinematic form of storytelling) who have read the books and seen the films of those stories think that the film versions are significantly superior. Slightly more controversially, the films of "The Godfather," "The Shining," "Purple Noon," "The Postman Always Rings Twice," "The Silence of the Lambs," "Double Indemnity," "The Maltese Falcon," among others, are significantly better than their novel counterparts.
12 years ago
NourNasreldin's avatar


The Virgin Suicides is the film that made Coppola take the decision to become a director. It
happened that Coppola read the book and quote “Fell in love with it”. She then heard a movie
was going to be made out of it and was secretly wishing the filmmakers would do it in a certain
way as the film was very close to her heart. So, she decided to write her own adaptation of the
book. She wrote a screenplay just for fun and then somehow convinced the producers to take a
look at it, stated Coppola in a Youtube interview. After that, the producers were astonished by
Coppola’s talent and decided to let her direct the movie. The Virgin Suicides is a dark drama
about five beautiful sisters who live in an American neighborhood to parents that value religion,
strictness and obedience too much resulting in unthinkable disasters and tragedies. The film portrays the oppression of girls in religious America and centers on teenage suicide.

The film was moderately successful commercial wise but, it was definitely a start as to what the
audience should expect from Coppola in the future. It was basically an introduction to her style
and her way of movie making.
5 years 4 months ago
LemonMeringueTie's avatar


This movie is so mysterious and captivating. I loved it. And the soundtrack by Air on top of it = genius. Really good movie.
7 years 8 months ago
filmyjo's avatar


3rd Sofia Coppola movie Iam watching. This one's not great as Somewhere or Lost in Translation, but definitely has traces of Sofia Coppola's filmmaking written all over it. I was surprised to see that bits of the film and its narrative style reminded me of Wes Anderson style storytelling. The movie keeps you engaged till the end. Good original score, cinematography makes this movie watchable. 7/10.
8 years 7 months ago
dragonflash93's avatar


Definitely unsatisfying, but we're told at the beginning that they don't know the whole story. As for a message, I agree. A little space to explore and make mistakes goes a long way for growing up.
12 years 1 month ago
mandapuspi's avatar


Haven't seen any Coppola's films before, and so I'm happy to catch her works from her debut. And it's been a while since I saw James Woods in 'Shark', so happy to see him in it. I Love Coppola's style and the way the film kept the main problem of all tragic hidden. Dunst was simply a clear standout among the five. Harnett's hair was just terrible. Now I think I should watch Lost in Translation. :)
11 years 8 months ago
yourmelodi's avatar


So cool, and so well done. Brava Sofia!
12 years 7 months ago
saveferris's avatar


"Lux lost it over Kevin Haynes, the garbageman. She'd wake up at 5 in the morning and lay about on the front porch like it wasn't completely obvious! She wrote his name in marker in all her bras and underwear and mum found them and bleached out all the Kevins. Lux has been crying on her bed all day."
12 years 7 months ago
cathedra's avatar


this and lost in translation showed me that sofia coppola dont know how to do nice endings.
13 years 4 months ago
EvaldoSB's avatar


It's not like "freedom or suicide", like some comments suggest... It's more than that... If you have already felt so jailed and chained you'll understand the "thing" of the movie...
10 years ago
Oriana's avatar


Amazing soundtrack and beautiful photography. I love it.
13 years ago
MrCarmady's avatar


I don’t get this movie.
That appears to be correct.
13 years 3 months ago
pim's avatar


Very impressive movie with a great soundtrack by AIR.
14 years 8 months ago
spytarwebb's avatar


I don't think many people understand this movie. I think what they're trying to say is that if you don't give your children some sort of freedom to be who they are and do what they want, this, or something similar, can happen. Kids and teenagers need the chance to go out and explore, make mistakes, and see the world for themselves, and these girls weren't able to do that because of an overprotective mother (I'm not even saying the father because he was pretty tame).
12 years 10 months ago
crisskat's avatar


agree, it's a great movie :)
should have been featured in many other lists
13 years 10 months ago

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