THE BEGUILED (15)

Based on Thomas Cullinan’s 1966 novel and the 1971 film adaptation starring Clint Eastwood, The Beguiled is set in 1864 in Virginia as the Civil War rages in the distance. Farrell plays Corporal John McBurney, a Union soldier who abandoned his regiment and is suffering from a badly infected leg. He’s taken in by the seven women who occupy the Farnsworth Seminary, which is run by the prim-and-proper Miss Martha (Kidman). Although leery of his presence, the women — including Edwina (Kirsten Dunst), a prickly schoolteacher, and Alicia (Elle Fanning), a student who fears the worst from the corporal — reluctantly start to warm to McBurney, their suspicion turning to attraction.  (Screen International)

"An exquisitely crafted drama of seduction, survival and sexual awakening in Civil-War era Virginia, with especially strong performances from Kirsten Dunst and Nicole Kidman."
★★★★
- Dave Calhoun, Time Out

 

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