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The Beguiled (2017)

R | | Drama, Western | 30 June 2017 (USA)
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At a girls' school in Virginia during the Civil War, where the young women have been sheltered from the outside world, a wounded Union soldier is taken in. Soon, the house is taken over with sexual tension, rivalries, and an unexpected turn of events.

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At a girls' school in Virginia during the Civil War, where the young women have been sheltered from the outside world, a wounded Union soldier is taken in. Soon, the house is taken over with sexual tension, rivalries, and an unexpected turn of events.

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The estate used in the film, known as Madewood Plantation House, previously served as the setting for portions of Beyoncé's visual album for "Lemonade". See more »

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Martha Farnsworth: It's seems the enemy... it's not what we believed.
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Just because he's so cute doesn't mean Colin Farrell won't have challenges in a house full of ladies.
28 June 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"It's seems the enemy... it's not what we believed." Martha (Nicole Kidman)

I confess to a weakness for Faulkner, Flannery O'Connor, and Rod Serling (Twilight Zone), all of whom have an affinity for the Gothic, ironic, and societal decay. Throw in a girls' school like the one in Picnic at Hanging Rock, replete with emerging girl/women and impregnable mores:I'm at home with this melodrama and mood.

Ready-made for me, then, is Sofia Coppola's The Beguiled, remade from an early version starring Clint Eastwood, a cautionary tale told in the South during The Civil War, where the enemy is not always a soldier, even if he comes in a Union uniform. When wounded union soldier Corporal McBurney (Colin Farrell) is treated at the decaying girls' school, headed by strong-headed Martha, some of the girls and a teacher Edwina (Kirsten Dunst)find him an attractive curiosity. Trouble is only an afternoon tea away.

Although it looks like a sweet setup for a handsome corporal, the ladies are ready to test his manhood and Southern independence in figurative and visceral ways. Like Picnic, the metaphors are not hidden far, and the twist at the end is fully Serlingesque because it carries the moral force of acceptable norms and the iniquity of revenge. Yes, this is Southern Gothic done well.

Besides Coppola's certifiable interest in feminine beauty and its evanescence, the tale is genuinely suspenseful because we begin to see the ladies not as vulnerable as we once thought; we realize the war between North and South is not just muskets and slaves. Indeed, except for a passing comment, Coppola keeps the slavery cause of the horrific struggle to the side while she explores the machinations of desire and revenge.

In other words, The Beguiled will beguile you while you try to figure who exactly is beguiled here, soldier or ladies. Maybe both? You are entering the Twilight Zone . . . .

"You're our most unwelcome visitor, and we do not propose to entertain you." Martha


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