The Beguiled (2017)

The Beguiled (2017)

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The Beguiled (2017)

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
DramaFestival & Independent
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Reviews & comments

Vulture

Vulture

press

Its power is in its undercurrents, in the sense that what we're seeing isn't inevitable but a sort of worst-case scenario of genders in opposition.

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Variety

Variety

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I count myself as a Coppola believer, but this may be the first film she has made in which her essential personality as a director gets buried under the movie she's making.

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Time Out

Time Out

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An exquisitely crafted drama of seduction, survival and sexual awakening.

4.0
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The New York Times

The New York Times

press

"Beguiled" is less a hothouse flower than a bonsai garden, a work of cool, exquisite artifice that evokes wildness on a small, controlled scale.

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Stuff

Stuff

press

Perfectly paced and terrifically engrossing, Beguiled draws the viewer in with its shifting sympathies and nuanced characters.

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Newshub

Newshub

press

Funny, sexy and scary in all the right places.

4.0
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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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"The Beguiled" has some of the spooky, suggestive magic of a fairy tale.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Other than to place slightly more emphasis on the female empowerment angle ... it's hard to detect a strong raison d'etre behind Sofia Coppola's slow-to-develop melodrama.

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FilmInk

FilmInk

press

Sofia Coppola’s career may have all been leading up to this.

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When a wounded Union soldier behind enemy lines ends up in a Confederate girl's boarding school, the staff and students have an intriguing problem in their laps. The conflict between duty to their own side in the war, mercy for a wounded person and sexual desire drive the women and girls to varying degrees. These conflicts, the existing school hierarchy,...

3.0
0

Sofia Coppola’s remake of the early 1970s Don Siegel / Clint Eastwood classic looks beautiful, with Philippe Le Sourd’s cinematography oozing sensuality in every scene. Coppola turns up the repressed sexuality to eleven, as the camera lingers on Colin Farrell’s body, or Nicole Kidman’s eyes, Kirsten Dunst's lips, or Elle Fanning's neck. The gorgeous...

3.0
0

When movie’s form and substance are not in harmony the strain can be obvious. With a stellar cast, superb cinematography and magnificent American Gothic period setting, The Beguiled (2017) has uncompromisingly beautiful form. In terms of substance, on the other hand, its characterisation and narrative interpretation are underwhelming. The storyline is...

3.0
0
Vulture

Vulture

press

Its power is in its undercurrents, in the sense that what we're seeing isn't inevitable but a sort of worst-case scenario of genders in opposition.

0
Variety

Variety

press

I count myself as a Coppola believer, but this may be the first film she has made in which her essential personality as a director gets buried under the movie she's making.

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

An exquisitely crafted drama of seduction, survival and sexual awakening.

4.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

"Beguiled" is less a hothouse flower than a bonsai garden, a work of cool, exquisite artifice that evokes wildness on a small, controlled scale.

0
Stuff

Stuff

press

Perfectly paced and terrifically engrossing, Beguiled draws the viewer in with its shifting sympathies and nuanced characters.

0
Newshub

Newshub

press

Funny, sexy and scary in all the right places.

4.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

"The Beguiled" has some of the spooky, suggestive magic of a fairy tale.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Other than to place slightly more emphasis on the female empowerment angle ... it's hard to detect a strong raison d'etre behind Sofia Coppola's slow-to-develop melodrama.

0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

Sofia Coppola’s career may have all been leading up to this.

0

When a wounded Union soldier behind enemy lines ends up in a Confederate girl's boarding school, the staff and students have an intriguing problem in their laps. The conflict between duty to their own side in the war, mercy for a wounded person and sexual desire drive the women and girls to varying degrees. These conflicts, the existing school hierarchy,...

3.0
0

Sofia Coppola’s remake of the early 1970s Don Siegel / Clint Eastwood classic looks beautiful, with Philippe Le Sourd’s cinematography oozing sensuality in every scene. Coppola turns up the repressed sexuality to eleven, as the camera lingers on Colin Farrell’s body, or Nicole Kidman’s eyes, Kirsten Dunst's lips, or Elle Fanning's neck. The gorgeous...

3.0
0

When movie’s form and substance are not in harmony the strain can be obvious. With a stellar cast, superb cinematography and magnificent American Gothic period setting, The Beguiled (2017) has uncompromisingly beautiful form. In terms of substance, on the other hand, its characterisation and narrative interpretation are underwhelming. The storyline is...

3.0
0