Based on the amazing book by Jeffrey Eugenides, The Virgin Suicides (1999) is director Sofia Coppola’s feature film debut. It tells the story of a group of young men who have become obsessed with the five beautiful Lisbon sisters who present as withdrawn and secretive, with highly complex private lives. The young boys watch as the sisters become increasingly isolated and confined, and they attempt to solve the mystery of the sisters, even 20 years on as they reflect on the events of the film.
I was inspired to post about this film after reading Vinnie‘s post on a particular scene of the film which I love. I adore this book, and I also adore this film. The film could be considered a perfect book-to-film translation as it’s not only very faithful to the source material, but also captures the dreamy feel of the book and its characters. Additionally, this film plays host to one of my most favourite soundtracks of all time, by the French band Air. Such a good album that gets a regular spin at my house.
But the real lure about The Virgin Suicides, for me, is the visuals – with simply gorgeous cinematography by Edward Lachman and beautiful direction by Sofia Coppola. The film looks like it’s been shot on its very own Instagram filter, with a generally warm-toned colour palette and muted colours throughout. I’m always inspired by the production and set design of this film, particularly the bedrooms of the girls, as the clutter always looks artfully arranged such that it doesn’t look a huge mess; instead, it looks like the perfect representation of the mind of a teenage girl. In terms of its visuals, The Virgin Suicides would rank very highly on my ‘most beautiful films’ list.
Please find below a selection of my favourite shots from The Virgin Suicides. There are a lot, because this is truly a visually stunning film. As always, the images are mixed up to avoid spoiling the plot!
Watch the trailer here.