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Drama - Romantic, Drama - US

The Beguiled (2017)

Duration 1h 33m Rating (UK) 15
Source of story A novel “A Painted Devil” by Thomas P Cullinan and possibly the 1971 film written by Albert Maltz and Irene Kamp
Writer/s Script Sofia Coppola
Director Sofia Coppola
Starring Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning
Elevator Pitch When an injured Union soldier is given sanctury in a southern girl’s school, where the owner, one teacher and a small number of girls remain. As he recovers there is an increasing level of sexual tension amongst the women.
Content The southern mansion housing the school features a lot. All of the women and girls at different times show interest in the soldier, and he in turn flirts with them. There are moments of violence and one sex scene but no nudity.
A View The director won the “Best Director” award at Cannes and this was generally liked by the critics, but we should face it, this is really a melodrama and for my money it was played far too straight and so lacked dramatic tension. So both my wife and I were bored, except by the medical scenes which were a bit disturbing.

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