The Beguiled is a 2017 American Southern Gothic film written and directed by Sofia Coppola, based on the 1966 novel of the same name (originally published as A Painted Devil) by Thomas P. Cullinan. It stars Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, and Elle Fanning. It is the second film adaptation of Cullinan's novel, following Don Siegel's 1971 film of the same name.
Martha Farnsworth runs a girls school in Virginia during the Civil War. By 1864, almost all of the students, teachers, and enslaved persons have left. In addition to Farnsworth herself, only five students and one teacher, Edwina Morrow, remain. While out in the woods searching for mushrooms, Amy, a pupil, comes across John McBurney, a corporal in the Union Army who was wounded in the leg during battle, and has since been deserted. Amy brings McBurney to the school where he falls unconscious. The women lock McBurney in one of the rooms while Miss Farnsworth tends to his wounds. All the women and girls in the school are immediately fascinated by the handsome man.
|author||Albert Maltz Sofia Coppola|
|award||Cannes Best Director Award|
|keywords||american civil war civil war confederate army confederate soldier corporal desert desertion eat girls school injured leg kill lock up mushroom poisoning one night only way poisonous mushrooms prisoner of war room key search sew sexual encounter shroud single-sex education strange noise union army union soldier wound|
|producer||Sofia Coppola Youree Henley|
|productionCompany||American Zoetrope FR Productions|
|theme||feminist gothic war|