Cementing Sofia Coppola’s position as the second woman in history to win ‘Best Director’ at Cannes Film Festival, The Beguiled is a stunning exploration of repressed female sexuality against the backdrop of the American Civil War. Based on Thomas Cullinan’s novel of the same name, Coppola’s adaptation differs significantly from Don Siegel’s 1971 version by choosing to displace men as its subject in favour of highlighting its female characters’ actions/reactions. Restrained and tentative in its approach, The Beguiled is an enthralling depiction of female sensibility placed under the strains of jealousy and betrayal.

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