July Film of the Month - The Beguiled!

Posted 12 July 2017 about The Beguiled.

The Beguiled

The Beguiled opens Friday, and we've selected it as this month's Film of the Month! Don't forget, you'll be able to grab double points whenever you watch a Film of the Month at The Showroom.

A stellar cast comes together for this fraught psychosexual drama, directed by the award-winning Sophia Coppola. Set in the backdrop of the American civil war, Colin Farrell plays a Union soldier who – badly wounded – is taken in by a group of young women. He finds himself grudgingly bed-bound in an all-female boarding school lead by Nicole Kidman, and featuring the likes of Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning. Farrell’s presence causes social and sexual discord for the women, who’s sisterhood becomes competition for his affections. The Beguiled is a dark and sensual gothic thriller, with moments of both sadness and wicked wit. 

Sophia Coppola is on top form here, with what some are saying is her best film to date. It is a slight deviation from her usual fare - with much more melodrama, and an edge of visceral violence - but her distinct cinematic voice is certainly still present. She made waves at Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, winning the title of Best Director and becoming the second female to win the award in the festival’s entire 70-year history.

Many are pitching the film as a feminist drama, where this may not necessarily true, the film does take in interesting, indirect pro-sisterhood stance. The original source material – a 1966 novel, adapted for screen in 1971 and starring Clint Eastwood - speaks from the male perspective and in doing so, becomes a fable of male victimhood. Coppola adapted the script herself, and skewed the narrative to female perspectives, giving her stars room to flesh out their roles. Nicole Kidman, who is going through something of a renaissance at the moment - appearing in 4 films at Cannes 2017 and scooping up the Special Award - particularly shines.

“Sofia Coppola is a virtuoso of image and sound, but don't mistake her delicate touch for weakness. The Beguiled is a hothouse flower of startling power and intimacy. You can't shake it.” – Rolling Stone

More Like This

  • The Virgin Suicides (1999) – Sophia Coppola

  • Lost In Translation (2003) – Sophia Coppola

  • The Beguiled (1971) – Don Siegel

  • True Grit (2010) – Joel & Ethan Coen

  • Under The Skin (2013) – Johnathan Glazer

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