The Virgin Suicides is a haunting drama directed by Sofia Coppola and released in 2000. The film, based on Jeffrey Eugenides' novel of the same name, offers a poignant look into the enigmatic lives of the five Lisbon sisters living in suburban Michigan during the 1970s. The sisters are played by Kirsten Dunst, A.J. Cook, Hanna R. Hall, Leslie Hayman, and Chelse Swain. Their parents are portrayed by James Woods and Kathleen Turner. Josh Hartnett, Jonathan Tucker, Scott Glenn, Michael Pare, and Danny DeVito appear in supporting roles.
Brought up in a strict and repressive household by their conservative parents, the Lisbon sisters - Therese, Mary, Bonnie, Lux, and Cecilia - are objects of fascination for their male peers. The movie is narrated from the perspective of these neighborhood boys, who are obsessed with the girls' mystery and allure. Actor Giovanni Ribisi provides the narrative voiceover.
The film takes a dark turn when the youngest sister, Cecilia, commits suicide. Following this tragic event, the parents impose even harsher restrictions on the remaining sisters, pushing them further into isolation. The film skillfully explores themes of adolescence, isolation, and repression while capturing the sisters' struggle for freedom and their tragic ending. The story's nostalgic mood, combined with its dreamy visuals, creates a haunting portrayal of lost innocence and despair.
The movie was filmed in Toronto and features a soundtrack by the French electronic band Air. After premiering at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival, the movie received mostly positive reviews from critics, praising writer/director Sofia Coppola in her debut feature film.