The Daily Telegraph

The Beguiled (2017)


BBC TWO, 11.15PM; NOT NI ★★★★

♦ This sensationa­l adaptation of Thomas P Cullinan’s novel, from screenwrit­er and director Sofia Coppola, is set in civil war-era rural Virginia, where a wounded Union soldier (Colin Farrell) seeks refuge in a girls’ school. In Coppola’s understate­d hands, it’s a slender, witheringl­y funny morality tale in which a sisterhood is destabilis­ed by one man, with horrific consequenc­es – for him.

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