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The Virgin Suicides

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.320.7249.1611/a (Published 10 June 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:1611
  1. Russell Viner, consultant in adolescent medicine and endocrinology
  1. University College and Great Ormond Street Hospitals, London

    Directed by Sofia Coppola, American Zoetrope

    On general release worldwide

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    Adolescent angst, crazy psychiatrists, blood in the bath, religious repression, flares, and silly haircuts. This beautifully filmed novel about the suicides of five teenage sisters in 1970s Michigan, made by the Coppola family, fails to miss a cliché while also providing a poignant insight into suicide in young people.

    Told as a verbal jigsaw puzzle by clueless adolescent lads trying to understand the horror that happened next door, the film skillfully contrasts the incomprehensibility of the girls' suicides to outsiders with an insightful portrayal …

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