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The Beguiled

  • Starring: Elle Fanning, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Colin Farrell
  • Director: Sofia Coppola
  • Genre(s): Drama, Western
  • Rating: R
  • Running Time: 91 min.

“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.

"As a film, The Beguiled is thrilling, delicious, wicked fun. "
- Alissa Wilkinson, Vox
"The character dynamics transfix ... but I was most taken with the way Coppola uses style to create meaning."
- Bilge Ebiri, Village Voice
"An exquisitely crafted drama of seduction, survival and sexual awakening."
- Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"The film consistently works as both a straightforward psychosexual thriller and something more troubling — almost unspoken — underneath. "
- Tim Grierson, Screen International
"It’s every inch a group achievement, and the film’s best scenes are its ensemble ones: prayers before bedtime, musical recitals, meals by candlelight. "
- Robbie Collin, The Telegraph
"Though it borrows some of the gauzy mood of The Virgin Suicides, it’s essentially unlike any other Sofia Coppola film, a serene, supple picture that hits more than a few notes of despair. "
- Stephanie Zacharek, Time
"Coppola tells the story with terrific gusto and insouciant wit, tying together images from the first scene and the last, so that the narrative satisfyingly snaps shut."
- Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
"The Beguiled is a lurid, sweltering, and sensationally fun potboiler that doesn’t find Coppola leaving her comfort zone so much as redecorating it with a fresh layer of soft-core scuzz. Coppola's film is told with surgical precision and savage grace."
- David Ehrlich, Indiewire
"Coppola and her production team — including The Grandmaster cinematographer Philippe Le Sourd — have created a fully realized world of eroticism, humidity, and Southern Gothic atmosphere. The characters are simply engulfed by it, almost to the point that even the twisted willow trees appear to be reaching out to grab them. "
- Rory O'Connor, The Film Stage