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The Beguiled (2017)

R | | Drama | 30 June 2017 (USA)
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The unexpected arrival of a wounded Union soldier at a girls' school in Virginia during the American Civil War leads to jealousy and betrayal.

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The unexpected arrival of a wounded Union soldier at a girls' school in Virginia during the American Civil War leads to jealousy and betrayal.

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Innocent, until betrayed.

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Rated R for some sexuality | See all certifications »

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$10,500,000 (estimated)

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$3,163,472 (USA) (2 July 2017)

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$10,576,669 (USA)
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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 »

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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 »

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Martha Farnsworth: It's seems the enemy... it's not what we believed.
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Music by George R. Poulton
Lyrics by W.W. Fosdick
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Restrained direction and strong performances
22 July 2017 | by (Brisbane, Australia) – See all my reviews

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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