For the second edition of Movie Picks we chose Virgin Suicides by Sofia Coppola. Based on a novel by Jefferey Eugenides, the film portrays through a dreamlike imaginery the life of the Lisbon sisters, seen from the point of view of adolescent boys fantasizing about their teenage crushes and the mystery behind them.
What we love about this film is that is so visual, that even if you watch it without sound, you will come out with the same emotions and having understood the same thing as if you had play the sound. That being said, the Air soundtrack is essential and sublime.
Although the film is all about the dreams and fantasies we have in our youth, the slow long shots, with little to no dialog also portray the dullness and imprisonment of being a teenage girl. That cohesion between the light and the sceneries are the key elements that set the enigmatic, yet sexy atmosphere to the film.
Likewise, the wardrobe choice is a complete language itself. Their outfits play two different roles and express the ambiguousness of their lives: what they are and what they’re supposed to be, the cloth of innocence against emerging sexuality.
It’s all these elements together, photography, light, fashion and music that make of this film the epitome of sexual desire and platonic love.