★★★★ – Guardian
★★★★ – Irish Independent
Also our Feast Your Eyes pick for July – see it with a main course for €20. Tickets and info here.
1864. As the Civil War rages on, wounded Union soldier John McBurney (Colin Farrell) finds shelter in Miss Martha Farnsworth’s (Nicole Kidman) Seminary for Young Ladies, where his disruptive male presence ignites tensions between schoolteacher Edwina (Kirsten Dunst) and the precocious Alicia (Elle Fanning).
Sofia Coppola’s take on Thomas P. Cullinan’s 1966 novel, ditches the plot’s more lurid elements in favour of a slow-burn, nuanced and decidedly feminist approach to the material. Shifting the perspective from the central soldier figure to that of the women who care for him allows for plenty of simmering conflict in this humid, wryly amusing piece of southern gothic melodrama.
The Beguiled will have OC screenings at 18.30 on Tuesday 18th and 13.20 on Friday 21st. All other screenings will have Audio Description.
(Notes by David O’Mahony.)
Don’t forget we now schedule weekly.