One of Clint Eastwood’s most underrated films is the 1971 flick The Beguiled, a picture directed by Dirty Harry filmmaker Don Siegel. Eastwood’s cat and mouse games (he played an injured Union soldier) with the head (Geraldine Page) of an all-girls boarding school. Now Sofia Coppola (Somewhere, Lost in Translation) offers up her version of the story (the source material is from Thomas Cullinan’s novel), with Colin Farrell playing the soldier and Kidman taking on Page’s scene stealing role.
With Lion, HBO’s Big Little Lies and the underrated The Family Fang, Kidman has carved out some of the best material of her illustrious career, and Farrell received acclaim for last year’s surreal The Lobster. With a supporting cast that includes Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning, and stunning visual compositions from Philippe Le Sourd (he shot 2013’s epic The Grandmaster), The Beguiled should be must watch cinema.
The Beguiled absolutely haunted me as a youth, and hopefully Coppola effectively captures the unsettling atmosphere (and eventual horror) that made the original a memorable experience. The picture has its world premiere at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and opens in select cities June 23. Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think!