The Virgin Suicide

The Virgin Suicide, 1999, Sofia Coppola. Script. Rather poetic, visual, slow and symbolic take on teenager’s world view, ambitions, desires, passions. Dreamers. Fantasies. Love, friendships and affections, all shaping and leaving permanent marks on the entire adulthood. Not spectacular but exploring a difficult subject matters, and doing quite a good job on the narrative level. 

Quotes

“Unable to go anywhere, the girls travelled in their imaginations
to Siamese temples…
… or passed an old man with a leaf broom
tidying a moss-carpeted speck of Japan.

We ordered the same catalogues…
… and, flipping through the pages, we hiked through passes with the girls,…
… stopping every now and then to help them with their backpacks,…
… placing our hands on their warm, moist shoulders…
… and gazing offat papaya sunsets.
We drank tea with them in a water pavilion.
We did whatever we wanted.
Cecilia hadn’t died.
She was a bride in Calcutta.
The only way we could feel close to the girls…
… was through these impossible trips
which have scarred us forever,…
… making us happier
with dreams than wives.

Collecting everything we could of theirs,
the Lisbon girls wouldn’t leave our minds.
But they were slipping away.

The colour of their eyes was fading, along
with the locations ofmoles and dimples.

From five they had become four,…
..and they were all living in the dead,
becoming shadows.”

 

 

“So much has been said about the girls over the years.
But we have never found an answer.
It didn’t matter in the end how old they had been,…
… or that they were girls.
But only that we had loved them,…
… and that they hadn’t heard us calling, …
… still do not hear us calling them out of those rooms…
… where they went to be alone for all time,…

… and where we will never find the pieces to put them back together.”

 

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