The Virgin Suicides
is a 1999 American drama film
written and directed by Sofia Coppola
, produced by her father Francis Ford Coppola
, starring James Woods
, Kathleen Turner
, Kirsten Dunst
and Josh Hartnett
Based on the novel of the same name
by Jeffrey Eugenides
, the film tells of the suicides of five sisters in an upper middle class suburb of Detroit during the 1970s. The girls' suicides fascinate their community as their neighbors struggle to find an explanation for the acts.
The story takes place in affluent Grosse Pointe, Michigan
in 1974, as four neighborhood boys reflect on their neighbors, the five Lisbon sisters. Strictly unattainable due to their overprotective, authoritarian
, parents, Ronald (James Woods
) and Sara (Kathleen Turner
), the daughters, Therese (Leslie Hayman), Mary (A.J. Cook
), Bonnie (Chelse Swain
), Lux (Kirsten Dunst
), and Cecilia Lisbon (Hanna R. Hall
), are the enigmas that fill the boys' dreams.
The film begins with the suicide attempt of the youngest sister, Cecilia, and the immediate aftermath. During a chaperoned party that summer — intended to make Cecilia feel better — Cecilia excuses herself mid-party and finally succeeds in taking her life by jumping out of her bedroom window and impaling herself on an iron fence. In the wake of her act, the Lisbon family isolate themselves even more within their community, heightening the sense of mystery about them.
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