Who Is The Real Killer In The Puzzle-Worthy “The Virgin Suicides”
Hint: Not the Virgins.
Oh, so you think the “Bird Box” suicides have left you all dazed and confused?
Well, get yourself seated and get ready for the mysterious visual obsession of “The Virgin Suicides!“
You must be wondering: “Is this a Coppola movie? Oh, you mean Sofia Coppola!
… Well, what should we expect?”
Thought you’d never ask. Go ahead and close your eyes. Picture Sofia’s acting knocking “The Godfather Part III” off its pedestal. Now, tear that picture apart.
This movie is quite the opposite of that and we kid you not.
She is a real mistress of ambient cinema.
Before we get into it, however, play the music “Playground Love” by French band Air, just to set the mood, and while you’re having the time of your life humming to love songs, make sure to squeeze in feeling for with these sweet, sweet young women…
It was the 1970s.
Envision a movie scene of a group of 5 feminine ethereal angels bathed in natural lighting in a sorority composed mainly of their long blond hair as sort of a tapestry all around the place along with their girly figures scattered like a piñata in a funnily flawless mise en scène composition – resting their limbs against each other.
They share a mood. A stream of conciseness.
Maybe it’s boys, maybe just boredom – though it might just be their strange, out-of- thin-air suicide enthusiasm…
And that’s as simply put as humanly possible.
There is no in-your-face action; This is an introverted movie, one that openly communicates its personality, coupled with the aura of blinding sun rays and low-contrast quality all over the anti-fairy tale of the Lisbon girls.
You may feel like you’re on a safari trip way past Planet Venus.
So, as this is ambient cinema, we wouldn’t bother ourselves overanalyzing, but merely do our fair share of sightseeing.
In the end, you may find that all ambient cinema can always be reduced to one simple line. Here, it can be found in Jeffrey Eugenides (he’s an author, try not to mix him up with the guy who didn’t kill himself) ‘s eponymous book:
“The trees, like lungs, filling with air. My sister – the mean one – pulling my hair. ”
Warning – Spoilers Ahead – They Die!!!
Also, Jesus gets crucified.
The title here clearly suggests there’s a suicide in sight.
5 teenage girls – each in her room – by herself for all eternity.
Hence, this burning mystery has us all wrapped up: Why? Why would they kill themselves? They’re so pretty!
You know, we can’t help but feel they were the spotlight object of adoration.
Adored by boys, by the humble viewer, by the rage of mythical Aphrodite.
It certainly is a tempting thought that they’re just dumb movie characters and they’re alive for only as long (or short) as we like them to be.
Just… just entertain the possibility.
You must admit character suicide is, after all, the only natural outcome of such adoring worship, the genuinе unfolding of the bloating, swollen toll this “worshiping-them” takes on our precious little lives.
Oh, the heavy burden of our martyrdom!
Yeah, not all heroes wear capes.
So, the girls get to be eternally romanticized when suicided, problem solved.
To conclude, this is a story about us, the humble viewer, and that person is monstrous in their wants and needs, I tell ya.
We are the real killer…
“… I told myself that the ideal solution would have been the death of the person I was interested in. Her death would, on the one hand, have definitively fixed our relationship and, on the other, removed its compulsion.” – Albert Camus, “The Fall”
And yet another mystery:
What else is there by Sofia, yes, Sofia Coppola?