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The Beguiled (2017)

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Critic Consensus: The Beguiled adds just enough extra depth to its source material to set itself apart, and director Sofia Coppola's restrained touch is enlivened by strong performances from the cast.

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"The Beguiled" is an atmospheric thriller from acclaimed writer/director Sofia Coppola. The story unfolds during the Civil War, at a Southern girls' boarding school. Its sheltered young women take in an injured enemy soldier. As they provide refuge and tend to his wounds, the house is taken over with sexual tension and dangerous rivalries, and taboos are broken in an unexpected turn of events.

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Colin Farrell
as John McBurney
Nicole Kidman
as Martha Farnsworth
Kirsten Dunst
as Edwina Dabney
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The Beguiled isn't Coppola's strongest film, but it's her smartest and most skillful in portraying how the dynamics of a group of women can warp and weft under outside pressure, turning from community to competition.

June 22, 2017 | Full Review…

Coppola's The Beguiled doesn't so much negate the festering male paranoia as reclaim the point of view for the women it targets. Then she bats the premise around like a graceful cat with an addled mouse in its paws.

June 22, 2017 | Full Review…
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"The Beguiled" has some of the spooky, suggestive magic of a fairy tale.

June 22, 2017 | Full Review…

The strength of her film transcends the soldier's power to seduce. We're beguiled, as an audience, by seeing this male animal as he is seen, and for better and worse experienced, by a diverse and dynamic group of females.

June 22, 2017 | Full Review…

Coppola gets at thorny and complex ideas about how expectations of female gentility poison female sexuality and cause these women to experience desire as sickness.

June 22, 2017 | Full Review…

Moody and compelling, with fine performances all around.

June 22, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
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