‘The Virgin Suicides’

The Virgin Suicides (1999) is a remarkable film adaptation of the 1993 novel by Jeffrey Eugenides.

The novel uses the unusual first-person plural viewpoint — ‘we’ — for a group of boys, which feels completely right for the story. There’s an intriguing lit-fic ambiance fused with horror tropes — the creepy neighbourhood house where weird things happen, the basement lair, the house ‘possessed’ by evil spirits (or in this case, the mother’s puritanical Christianity). Both the novel and film evoke a strong sense of time, and place — nostalgia and loss.