The Virgin Suicides
The Virgin Suicides recounts the mesmerising effect the five teenage Lisbon sisters - Cecilia, Lux (a luminous Kirsten Dunst), Bonnie, Mary and Therese - have on a spellbound group of boys growing up in a middle class Michigan neighbourhood in the mid '70s.
The Lisbon sisters exist in a perfectly hermetic universe, in a kind of trippy astral conjunction with Louisa May Alcott's Little Women and the doomed schoolgirls of Joan Lindsay's Picnic At Hanging Rock.
Kathleen Turner and James Woods are successfully cast against type as the girls' well-meaning but over-protective parents and a young Josh Hartnett makes a terrific impression as Trip Fontaine, the object of Lux's febrile, 14-year-old teen dreams. Trip's swaggering gait as he struts down a high school corridor, set to Heart's Magic Man, provides just one of the film's many visually assured scenes.
Based on the best-selling book by Jeffrey Eugenides and narrated by Giovanni Ribisi, the film features a hypnotic score by French electronic duo Air. Veteran cinematographer and frequent Todd Haynes collaborator, Ed Lachman (Far From Heaven, I'm Not There) adds immeasurably to the film's veneer of suffused nostalgia.
"Conjures a magic-realist American suburbia rarely before brought so convincingly to life" - Sight and Sound