Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

The Beguiled

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

The Beguiled

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THE BEGUILED STARRING: Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning, Angourie Rice, Oona Laurence, Emma Howard, Addison Riecke. DIRECTOR: Sofia Coppola. CERTIFICATE: (15, 94 mins) VIRGINAL beauty is sin deep in Oscar-winning writer-director Sofia Coppola's fable of female empowerment, based on the novel by Thomas P Cullinan.

Set against the backdrop of the American Civil War, The Beguiled lovingly reupholsters a shabby and oft overlooked Gothic melodrama starring Clint Eastwood with stunning cinematography courtesy of Phillipe Le Sourd and impeccable production design.

The focus of Coppola's version is an isolated household of women and girls, who unwittingly invite a wolf in military clothing into their hen house, and must take control of their destiny, using force if necessary. …

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