The Beguiled

A wounded Union soldier (Collin Farrell) is taken in and nursed back to health at an all girls’ school in Virginia during the Civil War. Sheltered from the outside world the once managed house is now taken over with sexual tension, rivalries, and unexpected events as the the girls all vie for the soldier’s attention. Just how far will things go? Directed by Sofia Coppola and based on the novel by Thomas Cullinan, this dramatic war time thriller works as a slow burn as each character, male and female, moves their pieces into place like a game of Chinese checkers, calculating and carefully eyeing up the competition. Cinematically beautiful and composed shot composition throughout allows for an atmospheric richness and art direction with aesthetic that seems to follow Coppola in all of her films. Additionally, the well acted ensemble including Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, and Elle Fanning, brings plenty to the table and makes for several gasp out loud moments, totally worth your while, The Beguiled is rated R.