The Beguiled

The Beguiled

DVD - 2017
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At a girls' school in Virginia during the Civil War, where the young women have been sheltered from the outside world, a wounded Union soldier is taken in. Soon, the house is taken over with sexual tensions, rivalries, and an unexpected turn of events.
Publisher: Universal City, CA :, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment,, 2017
Branch Call Number: BEG
Characteristics: 1 dvd (94 min.) : sd., col. ; 12 cm

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SusyHendrix
Sep 04, 2018

I've never seen the original or read the book, but considering the star power of the cast and my general liking of Sofia Coppola's other work, I gave this one a shot. I normally love slow-burn thrillers and gothic atmosphere, but this movie drags mainly because the characters aren't terribly interesting. Everyone felt hollow, sometimes even one-dimensional.

The lighting was extremely dark, to the point of distraction; I think Coppola and her cinematographer were trying to go for a Barry Lyndon style of naturalistic lighting, but in that movie you could at least SEE what was in the frame. It's unfortunate, since the sets and costumes are quite lovely.

While there are some moments of tension and dark humor, nothing ever quite gels. By the end, I was left cold and uninterested. Such a shame, since the story has potential and Nicole Kidman wrings the most out of her role. I need to get my hands on the 1971 original.

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movie20
Jul 29, 2018

Somewhat boring. Stick with the original, much better.

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breemu
Jun 06, 2018

Not a bad movie, per se, but the original, with Clint Eastwood, has a much more finely honed finesse, revealing the story and characters with greater edge and/or subtlety, and a more threatening sense of danger and suspense.

LPL_TraciB Jun 02, 2018

Seems like people either loved this or hated it. I found it interesting and I kept thinking about it after I watched it. I thought it was beautifully filmed and I loved the setting. I didn't find it boring or slow like some reviewers. I felt it definitely showed the tension between the females vying for the attention of the injured Corporal, who they were caring for. And, it was dark & twisty. By the end, I was saying "what the . . . ?!". I haven't read the book or seen the original movie, so I didn't know what was going to happen. I recommend it, and now want to watch the original.

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empbee
Jun 01, 2018

I haven't read the story but the movie was well done and the acting was good.

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GreenlakeGal
May 09, 2018

Considering that Nicole Kidman and Sofia Coppola were involved in this film, I'd expect better. That was about two hours of my life I'll never get back. Slow and very forgettable.

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Palomino
May 02, 2018

I read your comments and watched it anyways, stupid of me. Boring, boring, boring, whoa that turned grim didn't it. If it wasn't for other comments I'd have thought my TV was dying, too. Condolences to the next guy on the waiting list.

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frizzo
May 01, 2018

I watched for a while but quit because of the slow pace & difficulty seeing & hearing it. The females competing for the attention of the male/soldier, which was an important element in the original movie, was missing. Thus, little sexual tension & interest.

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ctofte2010
Apr 28, 2018

I have not seen the original so I cannot compare them, nor have I read the book. I thought this film caught the culture of the era and the jealousy elements very well. The understated elegance of the character portrayals was great. For those who say this film was boring, I would say you were not paying attention to the psychological components of the film. This type of movie is never going to be an action film, and the fact that they did not overdo the dramatic elements made it even better. The score was also great.

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chriscoleman
Apr 18, 2018

I still prefer the original which starred Clint Eastwood and Pamelyn Ferdin. But this was an excellent remake of a classic thriller.
It's the end of the Civil War and General Sherman has started his death march in which he burns the entire South, everything in his path. In Virginia a girls' school is still up and running as usual with six girls and two teachers. One of the students comes across a wounded Union soldier who deserted his regiment. They take him in against the better judgment of the headmistress. He immediately begins flirting with all the girls and the teachers. Eventually this all comes to a head when he's supposed to go to one teacher's room and ends up in a students' room instead. Loved it.

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