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The Virgin Suicides (1999)

R | | Drama, Romance | 19 May 2000 (USA)
A group of male friends become obsessed with five mysterious sisters who are sheltered by their strict, religious parents in suburban Detroit in the mid-1970s.

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A man about forty years of age tells the story from when he was a teenager in upscale suburban Detroit of his and three of his friends' fascination with the mysterious and doomed Lisbon sisters. In 1974, the sisters were seventeen year old Therese, sixteen year old Mary, fifteen year old Bonnie, fourteen year old Lux, and thirteen year old Cecilia. Their fascination still remains as they try to piece together the entire story. The sisters were mysteries if only because of having a strict and overprotective upbringing by their father, who taught math at the girls' private co-ed school, and overly devout Catholic mother, who largely dictated the household rules. The story focuses primarily on two incidents and the resulting situations on the girls' lives. The first was an action by Cecilia to deal with her emotions over her life. And the second was the relationship between Lux - the sister who pushed the boundaries of the household rules most overtly in doing what most teenagers want to... Written by Huggo

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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$235,122 (USA) (21 April 2000)

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$4,859,475 (USA) (25 August 2000)
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In the Danish version of the dvd, you can't figure out the age-order of the sisters. It said that Therese and Lux was twins, while in the movie Therese is the oldest (17 years old) while Lux is the 2nd youngest (14 years old). In Real life Bonnie is the 2nd youngest of the 4 actresses (Therese, Mary, Bonnie and Lux) , while Therese and Mary is both born in 1978. See more »

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As the sisters and their dates drive home from the dance in the Cadillac, a white (1988-'91) Honda Civic hatchback appears parked on a driveway in the background. See more »

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Narrator: [Narration] In the end we had pieces of the puzzle, but no matter how we put them together, gaps remained. Oddly shaped emptiness mapped by what surrounded them, like countries we couldn't name. What lingered after them was not life, but the most trivial list of mundane facts. A clock ticking on the wall, a room dim at noon, the *outrageousness* of a human being thinking only of herself.
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Written by Jean-Benoît Dunckel (as Jean Benoit Dunckel), Nicolas Godin (as Nicholoas Godin) and Patrick Woodcock (as P. Woodcock)
Performed by Air (French Band)
Courtesy of Astralwerks Records
Under Exclusive License from Source Records
Published by Revolvair, S.R.L.
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Depressing, beautiful & thoughtful
14 November 2004 | by (Tallinn, Estonia) – See all my reviews

"Virgin Suicides" is a movie by Sofia Coppola that talks about the Lisbon family. A group of boys, who adored them, come together after 20 years and try to solve the mystery of the Lisbon sisters.

Parents (James Woods, Kathleen Turner) think that the world is too evil and cruel for their five beautiful daughters, Lux (Kirsten Dunst), Mary (A. J. Cook), Cecilia (Hanna R. Hall), Therese (Leslie Hayman) and Bonnie (Chelse Swain). After the youngest of the girls, Cecilia, commits suicide on the first and only party of their life, Mr. and Mrs. Lisbon change the rules to be more strict. When Lux decides to brake the rules, they are taken out of school and their lives become full of misery and pain.

To me, "Virgin Suicides" was one of the best movies I have seen in my short life. It made me think a lot about those girls and feel sorry for them. They were so beautiful and just in desire to live, but they were miserable under the strict commands of their parents. They knew about the boys who adored them and after the imprisoning, turned to them for help. They were all trying to find a way out of the misery and sadness in their own way.

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