It's one thing to bring your children up with moral values and a purpose in life, but there are people exemplify the worst kind of parenting, worse even than neglect - the disease of control. Sometimes it is not enough loving your children. You need to set them free.
Cecilia Lisbon (Hanna Hall) was only 13 years old when she commited suicide. Lux (Kirsten Dunst), Mary (A.J. Cook), Bonnie (Chelse Swain), and Therese Lisbon (Leslie Hayman) are the only Lisbon sisters left. Their parents (James Woods and Kathleen Turner) aren't allowing their daughters leave the house because they are afraid something will happened to them. Trip Fountaine (Josh Hartnett) asks Lux to the Homecoming Dance with the sisters. After the dance, things turn into worst. Directed by Sofia Coppola. Based on a novel by Jeffrey Eugenides.
I think this movie is really simple and yet very intriguing. It's a simple story about children with demanding parents. Full of tragedy and beauty at the same time, and I wonder whether it is the same thing. I was feeling a bit awestruck with the whole experience, it feels like peeking other people's lives and almost helpless with the whole thing. The acting is glorious and underplayed, the constant feeling of hopelessness which invades every line and action is handled so perfectly. I applaud the direction of Sofia Coppola in this movie. She just proven herself to be a talented director in her directorial debut. I love the colors, the setting, the music, the cinematography, and the dialogues in this movie. It seems natural and sets the mood of the story.
The haunting music of "Playground Love" by Air is perfect for this piece of art. The story might be simple, but not as simple as I thought it would be. Not only do we see a clash with the religious ways of thinking considering the older generation versus the younger; the rusty beliefs, ethics, morals and mores of the parental establishment. I can't imagine living in that kind of household. I don't understand why they don't just run away...although it is not the answer...rather than committing something so horrible. Maybe suicide is their form of escape; same thing like running away. The girls implicate their need to escape from the surrounding bars of their strict upbringing. I think this is a memorable film of its time. Truly recommended. One more thing; I'm not a big fan of Kirsten Dunst, but I think she's very beautiful in this film.
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