The Beguiled is a beautiful film directed by Sofia Coppola. Set in Virginia during the Civil War. Corporal John McBurney (Colin Farrell) is found in the woods injured and is bought to Miss Farnsworth’s Seminary School for Young Ladies.
Miss Farnsworth (Nicole Kidman) is an uptight moral women conflicted by her attraction for McBurney after she gave him a sponge bath whilst he lay unconscious from a serious leg wound.
Edwina (Kirsten Dunst), one of the teachers, and McBurney fall in love. When Edwina finds McBurney in the bedroom room of one of her students he runs after her and falls down the stairs breaking his leg so badly Miss Farnsworth has to amputate with a saw.
When McBurney becomes conscious he is enraged and wants revenge for what has been done to him, however the women of the house plan to protect themselves and revenge is taken out upon him.
Hell hath no fury like a women’s scorn.
Reviewed by Lynda Wehipeihana.