Sofia Coppola made her directorial debut with the offbeat, aesthetically ambitious The Virgin Suicides, an enduring cult item that signaled the arrival of an exciting female voice. Set in Detroit in the 1970s, it recounts the rebellion of five sisters against their suffocatingly uncool parents (James Woods and Kathleen Turner) as witnessed by the smitten boys in their school. With its fastidious, almost worshipful attention to clothes, furniture, music and other cultural signposts, it established a template for future American indies.
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