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The Virgin Suicides (Sofia Coppola) 2000

An amazingly assured first film, Sofia Coppola's debut, The Virgin Suicides, amazed mostly by not being the disaster that most expected. The key to watching the film was to realize it wasn't the story of the titular Lisbon sisters; rather it was the story of the boys who fetishized them. Like The Ice Storm, the 70's setting was never exploited, yet was omnipresent, leading to one of the year's best looking and sounding films. When the brilliant Air soundtrack finally subsides to allow a 70's pop tune in (Heart's "Magic Man") the film coalesces into a truly transporting experience.

***1/2

September, 2001

Jeremy Heilman