The Beguiled 2017
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From acclaimed writer/director Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation) comes an atmospheric thriller that unfolds at a secluded girls' boarding school in Civil War-era Virginia. When a wounded Union soldier, Corporal McBurney (Colin Farrell), is found near the school, he's taken in by its headmistress, Miss Martha (Nicole Kidman). As the young women provide refuge and tend to his wounds, the house is taken over with sexual tension and dangerous rivalries when McBurney seduces several of the girls. Taboos are broken and events take an unexpected turn in this gripping and haunting thriller also starring Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning.
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Miss Martha (Nicole Kidman) runs a girls boarding school out of her mansion in Virginia. As loyal Southern women and devout Christians, they will never be the same when a wounded Union soldier enters their lives and home. If they report Corporal McBurney (Colin Farrell) to the confederate soldiers, he will face certain imprisonment or possible execution. The Christian thing to do is to nurse his wounds and decide later his fate.
THE BEGUILED is a visually stunning period piece. The mood lighting and costumes tell a story in themselves. They handsome and mysterious McBurney is just a mercenary from Ireland just trying to survive and make a living. He doesn't have a side in this conflict. Here arises the dilemma of just what to do with this rogue soldier.
The adult women, Miss Martha and Edwina (Kirsten Dunst) are sexually repressed woman in a time where etiquette and manners ruled. Alicia (Elle Fanning) is a sexually blossoming teenager. Add in several confused pre-teens and handsome soldier, and trouble is sure to ensue.
Farrell is an underrated actor who really has been showing his talent lately in more off-beat roles. Here he shines again as the mysterious McBurney. Is he the innocent, grateful man he appears to be or does a sinister side lurk beneath that handsome face? The pacing is slow until the trouble begins and THE BEGUILED turns into a thriller as all cards are on the table and nothing is as it seems.
It certainly is an interesting premise. What would God-fearing women do during a brutal war when an enemy soldier is in need. Does human compassion find it has no sides in war? THE BEGUILED could have been so much more but the fine cast will keep your interest.