Rated R, 94 minutes
Like THE BIG SICK, THE BEGUILED opened with limited release in New York and Los Angeles this past week. Again, to rave reviews and strong box office. THE BEGUILED was only on four screens and earned an impressive per screen average of $60K.
This was one of the “buzzed” movies at the Cannes Film Festival. It is a remake of the 1971 Clint Eastwood classic Western. This remake is directed by Hollywood royalty Sofia Coppola, who won Best Director at Cannes. The uniqueness of this Civil War sequel is the re imagined story now told from the female perspective.
The story includes four remarkable performances from Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning. Farrell noted in an interview at Cannes that “This is my favorite film”. THE BEGUILING is a story of women cut off from the world. They are pent up together. Fighting to survive during the Civil War, we slowly are introduced to their anguish and deepest feelings. The only man in the house is up against competitive power struggles from very repressed women. In the end, he pays a heavy price.
In addition to the strong direction, story and performances, note the extraordinary Oscar-caliber “natural lighting” from Philippe Le Sourd, the Director of Photography. The haunting musical theme playing throughout the film is Monteverdi’s “Magnificat”, one of the eight most ancient of Christian hymns.
If you love a story about betrayal, revenge and intrigue — add this movie to your must-see list. This is a story that needs to be told in a theater and up on the big screen.