A girls boarding school takes in an injured, scheming, Civil War defector in this Cannes Best Director-winning period drama from Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation, Marie Antoinette). All-star cast includes Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning.
This is Coppola's sixth feature, based upon the novel A Painted Devil (previously brought to the screen as The Beguiled, starring Clint Eastwood, in 1971). Story follows a Union soldier (Farrell) during the American Civil War who, while imprisoned in a Confederate girls' boarding school, cons his way into each of the lonely women's hearts, causing them to turn on each other, and eventually, on him.
Winner of Best Director, 2017 Cannes Film Festival
2017Rating: M, Violence, sex scenes & content that may disturb93 minsUSA
Sofia Coppola’s Civil War drama sees an injured Union soldier played by Colin Farrell at the mercy of Nicole Kidman and the inhabitants of her boarding school. It’s fertile ground for a modern-minded bodice-ripper, and the psychological dance between Farrell and the various women (and girls), is quietly thrilling.