A new film from Sofia Coppola will always attract interest. Her dizzying Tokyo-bound tale of isolation, Lost in Translation, was a high water mark for the director, with the impenetrable Somewhere and The Bling Ring following a theme of dysfunction in the Hollywood bubble. Her new film, The Beguiled, is why we’re here today. A new trailer for the film has arrived, bringing with it a deeper look at the mystery within.
The film has been selected to play in the Official Selection at Cannes next month, taking Coppola back to the festival she debuted 2006’s Marie Antoinette and 2013’s The Bling Ring. The film is her adaptation of Thomas Cullinan 1966’s novel A Painted Devil, the second after Don Siegel’s 1971 film which shares the name The Beguiled.
Colin Farrell appears as an injured Civil War solider who is brought, close to death, to the ostensible shelter of a theological institute where he is nursed back to health by the girls there. Nicole Kidman is our headmistress of the school.
The Beguiled Movie Synopsis
The Beguiled, adapted from Thomas Cullinan’s novel of the same name, unfolds in a girls’ school in the state of Virginia in 1864. As the Civil War rages, The Miss Martha Farnsworth Seminary for Young Ladies has been sheltered from the outside world – until the day a wounded Union soldier is discovered nearby and taken in.