Beguile means to charm or enchant someone, sometimes in a deceptive way. Which is exactly what the women of The Beguiled movie do to the wounded Union soldier that they nurse back to health in their all girls school.
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.
What sets the 2017 remake of The Beguiled apart from the original movie in 1971 is evident softening of the story but also a woman's touch to the women who share their lives together. They are looked at as social staples in the era and teaching the next generation to do the same. Which I should highlight was exactly what Sofia Coppola wanted to achieve. I female perspective on The Beguiled. They also “sent the slaves away” in this version. This was another executive decision because the topic of slavery is too important and didn't want to treat it lightly. This allowed her to focus on the female characters and their isolation during the time period.
At times the movie is hilarious and at other occasions chillingly frightening. Elle Fanning plays the young and promiscuous Carol who can't get enough of the young soldier's attention. Her devilish grin made the crowd snicker a number of times. This all-star cast was a sight to see between the foggy sunrises and sunsets through the mossy trees. You get a look into the war-torn time of the Civil War and how it affected those during that period. The exterior scenes were filmed at the Madewood Plantation in Lousiana and were the perfect setting for this Civil War Southern Gothic.
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Directed by Sofia Coppola (“Lost in Translation,” “Somewhere”)
Written by Sofia Coppola, based on the novel by Thomas Cullinan and the screenplay by Albert Maltz and Grimes Grice
Starring Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning, Oona Laurence, Angourie Rice, Addison Riecke, Emma Howard