Based on the novel by JEFFREY EUGENIDES
Director: Susanne Kennedy
A conservative and fanatically prudish family in North America: five sisters and their parents. The family home is an enclosed world with no exit. Every childish wish or juvenile desire shatters when confronted with the parents’ religiousness. Control and rules precede every stirring, every change and blossoming of the pubescent girls. Observed by a gang of boys – the male gaze – the sisters increasingly turn into an all-consuming attraction. The girls seek to escape their confinement but their parents thwart their breakout and only try harder to isolate them from the outside world – until all the life in them is suffocated and they are driven to their deaths.
Susanne Kennedy, the director of “Fegefeuer in Ingolstadt” and “Warum läuft Herr R. Amok?”, returns to the Münchner Kammerspiele. In “The Virgin Suicides”, she continues to pursue her strategy of voice-over technique and explores the male gaze that the Lisbon girls are exposed to from the perspective of the boys who are by now aged men. Long into their old age, the story of the five daughters of the Lisbon family haunts these men and they reconstruct the details from their memories, as the question of their deaths hangs over them, while the audience share their voyeuristic gaze and embark on a journey of recollection and awareness: “You are now to begin a great adventure, a journey out of your mind.” (Timothy Leary).
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