A veteran tracker with the Fish and Wildlife Service helps to investigate the murder of a young Native American woman, and uses the case as a means of seeking redemption for an earlier act of irresponsibility which ended in tragedy.
Morgana is a Mexican transgender opera singer with a dream: a sex reassignment surgery. We follow her odyssey all the way to Bangkok as she fights for the identity she has been struggling all her life to construct.
Sofia Coppola had Nicole Kidman in mind when writing the screenplay and added that to see the actress bring the role to life was even more than she could have imagined; "I think she's unique. It was like watching a virtuoso or an incredible athlete. We'd do a scene, and she'd have five different emotions going on at the same time." See more »
Though set in Virginia, the film repeatedly includes exterior shots of trees with hanging moss. Hanging moss does not grow in any part of Virginia. The latitude of Virginia is far too north. See more »
Definition of beguile: to charm, often in a deceptive way. That's exactly what the corporal set out to do for his own benefit.
I appreciated Sofia Coppola's restrained touch and admired the strong performances by the cast. The cinematography was superb; the candle-lit scenes particularly sublime. The slow pace was in keeping with the story being told. The sexual tension of the two adults and the naïveté of the teenage student were well handled.
Some critics have compared this film with the 1971 version directed by Don Siegel and concluded Coppola's movie lacks grit. I disagree. If 'grit' is indomitable courage, toughness, resolution the occupants of the boarding school had grit. They also had determination, doggedness, fortitude, gameness and guts ... as well as mettle, nerve, perseverance, pluck and tenacity.
Some critics have said this film is bland. Again, I disagree. It is restrained yes. It is beautiful, languid, finely crafted but far, far from bland. Sofia's interpretation of Thomas Cullinan's novel is no way inferior to Don Siegel's. Both are creative artists; both interpretations are equally relevant. Comparison is offensive.
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