The Beguiled (2017)
First screened in June 2017
Director: Sofia Coppola. Cast: Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Colin Farrell, Oona Laurence, Elle Fanning, Angourie Rice, Addison Riecke, Emma Howard, Wayne Père, Matt Story. Screenplay: Sofia Coppola (based on the novel by Thomas Cullinan and the earlier screenplay by Albert Maltz and Irene Kamp).

Twitter Capsule: Why should every Rorschach test come in stark black and white? Period pastels, speckled with blood, work just as well.

VOR:   Coppola's still pushing her signatures into new contexts, with intriguing results. This doesn't break ground but it's crafty and enigmatic.

Photo © 2017 Focus Features/American Zoetrope

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B

Cannes Film Festival: Best Director; 70th Anniversary Prize (Kidman; also for How to Talk to Girls at Parties, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, and Top of the Lake: China Girl)

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