Classic Elsternwick - Sunday 9 July 2017, 4:00am
Running time: 94m
Country: United States
Classification: M (Mature themes and sex)
Release date: 13/07/17
Rating: 9.5/10 (ME 4.5/5, DP 5/5)
Three years into the American civil war, Amy (Oona Laurence) discovers wounded enemy soldier John (Colin Farrell) back to the school run by Miss Farnsworth (Nicole Kidman). With fellow teacher Edwina (Kirsten Dunst) and the other students (including Elle Fanning), the women nurse the soldier back to health. But the arrival of the soldier unleashes a simmering sexuality and jealousy amongst the women which threatens them all in different ways.
From master director Sofia Coppola, The Beguiled is a gothic psycho-sexual drama with a twist or two. Dark and sombre with moments of light and job, it's an intense film with every frame telling a story that is as complex as it is simple. The sounds of distant guns act as a heartbeat drawing to a conclusion that is shocking and satisfying. There are a few unexpected laughs to add to the discomfort of the film; brief moments of respite from the dread and inevitability that hangs over the film. Highly recommended.