Comments on the film

Sofia Coppola turned the novel into a film in 1999 starring James Woods, Kathleen Turner, Kirsten Dunst and Josh Harnett. The soundtrack was composed by the French band Air. After having read the novel and then watching the film afterwards, post what you think of the cinematic adaption…



  1. February 24, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    All in all the movie is made quite well. Many scenes are presented the same way, they are explained in the book, and you can go through them, while youre watchin the movie. The characters have been chosen very properly, cause i think it’s very difficult to get the imaginary persons out of the heads of the people who read the book first, and then watch the movie. And above all in my opinion it’s very difficult to make a tearjerking movie, cause the people want to identify themselves with one of the characters, and so they have to be well chosen, as it happened with this movie.


  2. Anna said,

    February 24, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    Well, personally, I didn’t like the film that much, thought it a bit boring. Additionally, I didn’t like all of the sisters’ actors. Cecilia is the only one I think really well-cast and it’s especially Lux whom I could easily have done without. In the book she fills a lot of pages, as well, but in the movie I sometimes had the feeling, it’s only one sister’s story.
    I definitely liked the closeness to the book and the fact that the action is still set in the 1970s and has not been moved into the 90s. But it’s a bit difficult to transfer all the thoughts and flashbacks in the book to a film.

  3. February 24, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    In my opinion the film was okay. It was partially amusing, but the realization was not successful. Sometimes it looked very imitated, for example Cecilia on the fence whose body was very straight-lined or Bonnie’s feet after she attempted suicide.


  4. February 24, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    In my opinion the book is no good material for a film. I think it is too serious to make a film of it and not many people like that kind of movies. People who know the book might like the film too, because it deals with the content pretty well.


  5. February 24, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    Apart from the fact that Lux Lisbon, one of the five daughters and protagonists, is quite overrepresented in the film I think it is quite well put into motion. It emphasises both the broken characters of the girls as well as the sympathy and curiosity of the boys for them.


  6. February 24, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    The director obviously tried to stay very close to the novel. Some effects are a bit ridiculous, but it is a difficult and complicated topic and the book is not that easy to transact. The actors are chosen very well and they are authentic, the message becomes clear and although it is mainly a tragic mood, some entertaining elements are absorbed.


    • February 24, 2010 at 9:55 pm

      What I liked while watching the film was the transfer of the plot because it is pretty close to the book. The image of the 1970s as well as the whole Lisbon family in the film are exactly the same image you get from the book. The story about Lux and Trip is shown too often in the film. The reason is that Lux and Trip are illustrated by Josh Hartnett and Kirsten Dunst. Because of that you do not get to know the other girls very well. It is too bad about the story of five Lisbon girls.


      • February 25, 2010 at 7:10 am

        I think the movie’s screenplay is very close to the book. Apart from some more or less ridiciolous effects this was done quite well, but for someone who didn’t even like the book the film won’t make it much better.


  7. November 26, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    I haven’t read the book yet, but I love the film.
    I like Lux and Mary best in the film. 5here are some giggly moments in the film

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