The Beguiled 2017 is an American romantic drama film written and directed by Sofia Coppola, based on the novel The Beguiled originally published as A Painted Devil by Thomas P. Cullinan. It stars Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning. A film of the same name, also based on Cullinan’s book, was released in 1971. It premiered on May 24, 2017 and was selected to compete for the Palme d’Or in the main competition section at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, where Coppola won the Best Director award, becoming only the second woman to do so.
It was released on June 23, 2017, by Focus Features. At first Copola was reluctant to remake a film, however at the insistence of her friend, Production Designer, Anne Rose she watched the original 1971 version and ” it stayed in my mind” with her thinking about ways she could remake the film. Specifically she became interested in showing the story from the woman’s point of view as opposed to the man’s point of view. The material came to Coppola at a time where she wanted to do a more optimistic film than her previous film, 2013’s Bling Ring stating that she wanted to “Clense myself” from what she terms was such a tacky, ugly world. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 74% based on 88 reviews, with an average rating of 7.3/10.
The site’s critical consensus reads, The Beguiled adds just enough extra depth to its source material to set itself apart, and director Sofia Coppola’s restrained touch is enlivened by strong performances from the cast. On Metacritic, the film has a score of 77 out of 100, based on 29 critics, indicating “generally favorable reviews. David Ehrlich of IndieWire gave the film an “A−”, saying, “Coppola’s film is told with surgical precision and savage grace. Todd McCarthy of The Hollywood Reporter stated: Sofia Coppola’s slow-to-develop melodrama.
|Directed by||Sofia Coppola|
|Running time||94 minutes|
|Release date||May 24, 2017|