The Beguiled

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Synopsis:

"The Beguiled" is an atmospheric thriller from acclaimed writer/director Sofia Coppola. The story unfolds during the Civil War, when Cpl. John McBurney finds himself on the run as an injured Union soldier and deserter. He seeks refuge at an all-female Southern boarding school where the teachers and students seem more than willing to help. 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.

The film is based on the novel of the same name (originally published as A Painted Devil) by Thomas. P. Cullinan. It stars Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning. It premiered at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, and was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or in its main competition section, where Coppola won the Best Director award, becoming only the second woman to do so.

Ratings:

IMDB Rating: 6.4/10

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 78%

Awards and Nominations:

4 Wins & 23 Nominations

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I was pleasantly surprised by this film as it turned out to be the opposite of what I was expecting. The trailer wasn't great and it was quite deceptive in how it portrayed the actual story as told on the screen - maybe that was a deliberate...

I was pleasantly surprised by this film as it turned out to be the opposite of what I was expecting. The trailer wasn't great and it was quite deceptive in how it portrayed the actual story as told on the screen - maybe that was a deliberate choice by the studio. I don't want to give away any plot spoilers so I won't say any more than that!

The first half of the film was very slow and I was watching the clock waiting for the ice cream break. However, the second half was significantly better than the first so I'm glad I saw it through to the end (no pun intended!) The costumes were gorgeous and Colin Farrell made it a very watchable film

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