In the latest film by the award-winning filmmaker Sofia Coppola, she explores the dark side that everybody has and has been trying to conceal. In The Beguiled, women are not as pure as they seem. Sometimes, they can become monsters that can trigger our greatest fears.
Set three years into the Civil War in Virginia, women take refuge in an all-girls school. Ms. Martha Farnswood (Nicole Kidman) oversees the facility which houses several other women including Edwina Morrow (Kirsten Dunst) and Alicia (Elle Fanning).
Everybody in the house lived harmoniously until the introduction of a man. Corporal John McBurney (Colin Farrell), found wounded in the woods, received rescue from the war at the all-girls school. His presence brought a series of conflicts at the house. Rivalries for his attention and unnecessary drama turned things around among the girls.
The Beguiled explored the depths of humanity…or its darkness, thereof. It managed to capture the trauma that one has to endure from war. Meanwhile, the three main women in the film comically reflected the varying levels of their hidden desires.
Coppola’s script and direction brought upon mixed vibes- drama, horror, and comedy. It’s amazing how such a simple plot can be complex. It is, at the end of the day, a stark reminder that hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.
Director: Sophia Coppola
Cast: Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Colin Farrell, and Elle Fanning