Directed by Sofia Coppola. USA. 1999.
- Mad World from Donnie Darko.
Coppola creates a memorable picture of suburbia in the 70s with its frumpy dress, split-level homes, finely manicured lawns, and vapid middle class values. Though the exact reason for their suicide remains a mystery, it is clear from the outset that there is a failure of communication at home. The father (James Woods) is a passive high school teacher who always defers to "the missus" to make family decisions. The mother (Kathleen Turner) is an old-school disciplinarian who refuses to allow the girls to go out with boys, even to the school dance and makes Lux burn her rock albums when she stays out all night after the Homecoming dance. As further punishment, they are taken out of school and sequestered in their rooms where they become starved for human contact and affection. Mrs. Lisbon never tries to make any kind of genuine connection with her daughters or to understand their growing isolation.
The girls: 13-year-old
Cecilia (Hanna Hall), 14-year old Lux (Kirsten Dunst), 15-year-old Bonnie
(Chelsea Swain), 16-year-old Mary (A.J. Cook), and 17-year-old Therese
(Leslie Hayman) are all blond and attractive, reflecting the beauty the
boys find fascinating but unattainable. Unable to know or understand the
girls, they become more obsessed with their fantasies, watching the girls
through a telescope from a room across the street. Sadly, like all unfulfilled
fantasies, their relationship is always from a distance and they never
get to know the girls as people. When the girls are gone, their innocence
and childhood is lost forever. Years later they have only their memories.
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