After being so popular during last edition of Cannes Film Festival, finally will be out in theatre in Italy in September under the title L’inganno. We’re talking about The Beguiled, the sixth movie directed by Sofia Coppola, after the recent incursion on the Opera with La Traviata, and the teenager thriller The Bling Ring. She’s back to direct an all-female story starring Nicole Kidman, Elle Fanning, Kirsten Dunst and Colin Farrell.
Coppola comes back to a costume drama after Marie Antoinette, and this time the story unfolds in Virginia, during the Civil War, among flashes of desire and frustration, lies and deceits. The Beguiled is (not) the remake of Don Siegel’s 1971 film of the same title starring Clint Eastwood as the soldier, Corporal John McBurney, who is found seriously wounded, and soon brought to the girl’s boarding school run by Miss Martha (Nicole Kidman). Sofia Coppola said it’s rather a new adaptation of the 1966 novel by Thomas Cullinan.
Coppola’s version maintains the plot changing the perspective, moving the point of view from the Corporal/male one, to the school girls, the teacher and her assistant. So that the movie becomes a sort of inventory with different kinds of sentimental relationships, between women of different ages and the newcomer.
At Cannes Film Festival Sofia Coppola won le Palme d’or for Best Director, definitively making history: she became the second female filmmaker ever, in the festival’s 70-year history, to Win Best Director prize, the first being Soviet filmmaker Yuliya Solntseva in 1961 for The Chronicle of Flaming Years. And do not forget that Jane Campion has been the only female director to have ever won the coveted award for Best Film, in 1993 for The Piano.
But all that glitters is not gold: at The New Yorker there’s somebody who’s already crying scandal, writing that
“She has no interest in the politics of the time, no interest in the social distinctions among the women in the house, no interest in the history that leads to the situation onscreen.”
If she wasn’t interested in representing Civil War, so that begs “the question of why she made a film about the Civil War at all.”
But let’s not indulge ourselves in critics, we just have to wait and see to judge our own. In Spain will be in theatre on August 18th and In Italy on September 14th, here’s the other countries.