The Beguiled

Showed at Images 7/28/2017–8/3/2017

Starring: Nicole Kidman, Elle Fanning, Kirsten Dunst, Colin Farrell

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Oscar-winner Sofia Coppola became the second woman in history to win Best Director at Festival de Cannes for this seductive, atmospheric period thriller starring Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning.

Employing her distinctive aesthetic and sensual style, Coppola adapts Thomas Cullinan's Civil War-set novel into a tale of desire, jealousy and revenge. The film is set in 1864, three years into the Civil War, at a Southern girls' boarding school. In these perilous times, the girls left at the school are those with nowhere else to go, and they are under the care of Martha Farnsworth (Kidman). When one of the younger girls discovers an injured enemy soldier, it is decided that the "Christian thing to do" would be to take him in until he is sufficiently recovered. As the soldier, John McBurney (Farrell), recovers he becomes the subject of fascination for the girls and women of the house. The prim and proper environment is taken over with sexual tension and rivalries. In this society of virtually no men, the 'real Southern hospitality' meted out to McBurney is of a quite unusual kind. Coppola and the excellent cast deal with this material with relish, creating a film filled with flashes of mischievous humor, a hypnotic atmosphere and an eerie tension that cannot be denied.

  • Director: Sofia Coppola
  • Rating: R
  • Runtime: 1 hour 34 minutes
  • Genre: Drama

“[Sofia] Coppola is a virtuoso of image and sound, but don't mistake her touch for weakness. The Beguiled is a hothouse flower of startling and intimacy. You can't shake it.”

– Rolling Stone