The Virgin Suicides (film)

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The Virgin Suicides is a 1999 film about five sisters who are sheltered by their strict parents after the youngest commits suicide.

Directed and written by Sofia Coppola, based on the novel by Jeffrey Eugenides.
Beautiful, mysterious, haunting, invariably fatal. Just like life. taglines

Lux Lisbon[edit]

  • Do you like to wrestle?

Cecilia Lisbon[edit]

  • [voiceover, reading from her diary] Lux lost it over Kevin Haynes, the garbageman. She'd wake up at 5 in the morning and lay about on the front porch like it wasn't completely obvious! She wrote his name in marker in all her bras and underwear and mum found them and bleached out all the Kevins. Lux has been crying on her bed all day
  • [voiceover, reading from her diary] The trees, like lungs, filling with air. My sister - the mean one - pulling my hair.
  • Palazzolo jumped off the roof over that rich bitch Porter. How stupid can you be?


  • In the end we had pieces of the puzzle, but no matter how we put them together, gaps remained. Oddly shaped emptiness mapped by what surrounded them, like countries we couldn't name. What lingered after them was not life, but the most trivial list of mundane facts. A clock ticking on the wall, a room dim at noon, the outrageousness of a human being thinking only of herself.
  • We knew the girls were really women in disguise, that they understood love, and even death, and that our job was merely to create the noise that seemed to fascinate them.
  • We knew that they knew everything about us, and that we couldn't fathom them at all.
  • No one could understand how Mrs. Lisbon and Mr. Lisbon, our math teacher, could produce such beautiful creatures.
  • Collecting everything we could of theirs, the Lisbon girls wouldn't leave our minds but they were slipping away. The color of their eyes was fading along with the exact locations... of moles and dimples. From five, they had become four, and they were all the living and the dead, becoming shadows. We would have lost them completely if the girls hadn't contacted us.
  • Almost every day, and even when she wasn't keeping an eye on Cecilia, Lux would suntan wearing a swimsuit that caused the knife sharpener to give her a 15-minute demonstration for free.
  • We felt the imprisonment of being a girl, the way it made your mind active and dreamy. And how you ended up knowing what colors went together.
  • Given Lux's failure to make curfew everyone expected a crackdown, but few anticipated it would be so drastic. The girls were taken out of school, and Mrs. Lisbon shut the house in maximum-security isolation.
  • So much has been said about the girls over the years. But we have never found an answer. It didn't matter in the end how old they had been, or that they were girls... but only that we had loved them... and that they hadn't heard us calling... still do not hear us calling them from out of those rooms... where they went to be alone for all time... and where we will never find the pieces to put them back together.

Adult Trip Fontaine[edit]

  • She was the still point of the turning world, man.
  • I liked her a lot, but it was different out on the field. I never saw her again.

Tim Weiner[edit]

  • What we have here is a dreamer. Someone completely out of touch with reality.
  • When she jumped, she probably thought she could fly.


  • Trip Fontaine: You're a stone fox.


Doctor: What are you doing here, honey? You're not even old enough to know how bad life gets.
Cecilia: Obviously, Doctor, you've never been a 13-year-old girl.

Principal Woodhouse: Your daughters haven't been in school for over two weeks.
Mr. Lisbon: Have you checked out back?

Mrs. Buell: That girl didn't want to die, she just wanted out of that house.
Mrs. Scheer: She wanted out of that decorating scheme.


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  • Beautiful, mysterious, haunting, invariably fatal. Just like life.


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