The Beguiled

"A masterful study in mood and longing. A film to drink in and ponder, "The Beguiled" is artistically alive while delivering in raw, often hair-raising desperation." - Film Forum

As the Civil War rages, a terribly wounded Union soldier is rescued by the students at an all-girls boarding school deep in the South. As the soldier heals from his wounds his very presence ignites sexual tensions and rivalries among the young women, slowly and inexorably leading to violence.

Based on the novel A PAINTED DEVIL, and following a 1971 Clint Eastwood/Don Siegel adaptation, THE BEGUILED is the latest film from the constantly evolving Sofia Coppola. It won raves at the Cannes Film Festival, and it garnered Coppola the Best Director award, making her only the second female director in Cannes history to take home that trophy.

What Coppola has done here is take a story about women that had been told from male points of view and brought a female perspective to it. This version of THE BEGUILED doesn’t change the text, but rather it challenges many of the meanings found in previous versions. It’s an exciting example of a filmmaker whose point of view transforms a work and takes up a conversation with other versions of it.

More than that, THE BEGUILED is a tense and thrilling slow-burn jammed with excellent performances. Colin Farrell is the wounded soldier, while Nicole Kidman is the headmistress of the school. Kirsten Dunst is a teacher, and Elle Fanning is one of the students - all toplining a cast of powerful and exciting actresses.

Powerful and provoking, THE BEGUILED is a gorgeous motion picture that will leave you discussing and arguing all night long. - Alamo Drafthouse


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