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1864: In the turmoil of the American Civil War the students of a girls boarding school in Virginia live under the supervision of Miss Martha (Nicole Kidman) and the young Edwina (Kirsten Dunst) far away from the battlefields. But when one of the girls finds the injured Corporal McBurney (Colin Farrell) while looking for a mushroom and takes him to boarding school, she brings the war into the house. Because the wounded man is a soldier of the opposite side. For Miss Martha, it is clear that she must extradite the man immediately. But she is convinced that it would be little Christian to expose him to certain death. So she agrees to take good care of Corporal in her boarding school and only then hand him over to the Confederates. But the longer McBurney stays in the house, the more an increasingly poisoned atmosphere of jealousy and unfulfilled lust develops among the women - an atmosphere that could explode at any time in a catastrophe…
With the film adaptation of Thomas Cullinan's novel "The Beguiled", director Sofia Coppola returns to her celebrated debut "The Virgin Suicides", at least to some extent both thematically and atmospherically. But it is precisely this connection between the two films that makes it clear that Coppola has developed noticeably as a filmmaker. Although "The Seduced" has a similar aesthetic as the 1999 bestselling film, its visual language is somewhat more elegant and mature. The same applies to the dramaturgical realization, which has a little more subtle finesse. However, and this has to be said, Coppola gets lost in her new movie a bit too often in the nice pictures and long shots, so that apart from the artistic beauty there is also a bit of boredom to be found here and there.
For these you are compensated as a spectator. On the one hand by the really strong ensemble, in which Colin Farrell is the only man who can prove himself, even if he is always eclipsed by a very strong Nicole Kidman and Kirsten Dunst, who is also convincing all along the line. Also the younger actresses like Elle Fanning and Oona Laurence deliver really good performances and make the movie a real treat from an acting point of view.
On the other hand, the resolution also ensures that tenacious moments are quickly forgotten. The last minutes are wonderfully angry and thus put the icing on the cake for a stirring story that takes a dark turn in the final act that is both surprising and consistent at the same time. What was initially described as dignified boredom is now revealed by this twist as a very cleverly constructed structure of a plot framework that is brought to collapse in a fascinatingly subtle way. Here Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman are in top form.
"The Seduced" is an abysmal and subtle drama behind its sometimes somewhat bulky, yet always fascinatingly beautiful façade, which in the end is much more than it seems at first glance. Alone for the great finale, but also for the outstanding actors and the captivating visual aesthetics, there is one very clear thing here: absolutely worth seeing!
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