With this debut feature, Sofia Coppola announced her singular vision, which explores the aesthetics of femininity while illuminating the interior lives of young women. A faithful adaptation of Jeffrey Eugenides’s popular first novel, The Virgin Suicides conjures the ineffable melancholy of teenage longing and ennui in its story of the suicides of the five Lisbon sisters, stifled by the rules of their overprotective religious parents—as told through the collective memory of a group of boys who yearn to understand what happened. Evoking its 1970s suburban setting through ethereal cinematography by Ed Lachman and an atmospheric score by Air, the film secured a place for its director in the landscape of American independent cinema and has become a coming-of-age touchstone.
New interviews with Sofia Coppola, Ed Lachman, actors Kirsten Dunst and Josh Hartnett, author Jeffrey Eugenides, and writer Tavi Gevinson
Making of “The Virgin Suicides,” a 1998 documentary directed by Eleanor Coppola and featuring Sofia Coppola; Eleanor Coppola and Francis Ford Coppola; actors Kirsten Dunst, Josh Hartnett, Scott Glenn, Kathleen Turner, and James Woods; Jeffrey Eugenides; and more
Lick the Star, a 1998 short film by Coppola
Official music video for Air’s soundtrack song “Playground Love,” directed and shot by Coppola and her brother Roman Coppola