I posted about Sofia not too long ago, but given that her adaption of #thevirginsuicides is being added to @criterioncollection I’m compelled to celebrate this film that is so dear to me. I first saw TVS when I was 12, & before then I’d not known movies to be artful or emotive. Sofia introduced me to cinematography, to visual storytelling—& she opened the floodgates for my ongoing love affair w/ film, documenting, & creating. Both the book & film adaption of TVS have received criticism for their dark subject matter, or for the book’s idealized/mildly misogynistic perspective. But what Sofia saw in the original text & transferred onto screen is exactly what the book truly is—a portrait of nostalgia, remembrance, & the infatuation that plagues young love. As a teenager, everything feels hyper-saturated. You fixate on minor details, cloud your thoughts w/ daydreams, & spend a lot of time trying to cope w/ your inner & outer self. Often times these memories are fragments of half-fantasy. Sofia’s ability to convey feeling sans unnecessary dialogue is one of her greatest talents. In life, we don’t always articulate our thoughts, & she recognizes that. This story is told through the eyes of men who never truly knew the Lisbons, & Sofia’s penchant for highlighting components of the girls, their belongings—represents perfectly the disconnected manner in which many high school crushes ultimately rest in our memories. I could gush forever about this film. Edward Lachman, the project’s cinematographer, more than effectively uses sunlight, suburbia, & a contrasting color palette to reflect the tonal shifts & inner monologue of the sisters. The soundtrack was painstakingly curated & remains an all-time favorite of mine. Not a single facet falls short, & it’s blatantly obvious that seeing this film through to fruition was truly a labor of love for Sofia. I’m forever grateful to her & in awe of her artistry. She has inspired me in more ways than I can name, & I feel a kindred spirit in her & the ethereal way in which she depicts life & her subjects— always based in reality, but w/ a magnifying glass held up to the nuances that make our lives more beautiful & more interesting.