Daniel’s review published on Letterboxd:
One of the most predominantly memorable, yet overlooked shots in Sofia Coppola's 1999 masterpiece is a shot of a Japanese parasol next to Cecilia during her first attempted suicide. A parasol from a culture which treats suicide differently, where an act which seems cowardly or immature in other societies is seen culturally as an act of honor.
The Lisbon girls are but shadows. Their faces once remembered vividly by the neighborhood boys are almost completely diminished. All that's left if the mysteriously beautiful times they shared before a future was lost.
Just like their very own tree on their front lawn, the Lisbon girls appear normal but are extremely sick. The comprehension of the surrounding citizens as to what was going on in their heads was far from what was really going on, as the girls who were "women in disguise" knew just how cruel the world could be.
Coming from somebody who's singlehandedly experienced/witnessed depression of close friends, helpless words of support can do little to lift a mood for someone who's in need of help the most. There's no worse feeling than experiencing joy in someone's company and knowing that in a mere second, they could be out of your life and there's nothing you can do. This is an oddity in life, but we are always left with the experiences we shared & memories we made. Before we know it, mere facial recognition is fading.
"We felt that if we kept looking hard enough we might began to understand what they were feeling, and who they were."