July 08, 1994 at 04:00 AM EDT

The Virgin Suicides

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
97 minutes
performer
Kirsten Dunst, Josh Hartnett, Giovanni Ribisi, Hayden Christensen, Danny DeVito, Kathleen Turner
director
Sofia Coppola
distributor
Zoetrope
author
Jeffrey Eugenides
genre
Drama

The Virgin Suicides Jeffrey Eugenides (Warner, $10.99, 1993) The five charismatic Lisbon sisters do, in our startled presence, kill themselves, but there’s not a trace of tabloid sleaze anywhere. The Virgin Suicides takes the dark stuff of Greek tragedy and reworks it into a mesmerizing, eccentric, frequently hilarious American fantasy about the tyranny of unrequited love and the unknowable heart of every family on earth-but especially the family next door. B+

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