The Beguiled is a 2017 film based on a book of the same name originally called A painted devil. It was written by Thomas P. Cullinan. The book has been adapted into two films of the same name. In addition, we have the deceived, a movie from 1971. The movie is in the Southern Gothic genre. This genre is a subgenre of Gothic literature and consists mainly of fiction set in the American South. The 2017 film stars Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning and Colin Farrel.
The film is set during the American Civil War in the 1860s. Martha Farnsworth runs a school for girls in Virginia. At the height of the Civil War, all of the enslaved individuals who were part of the school left in 1864. All that remain, including Martha herself, are five students and a teacher named Edwina. One day, one of the students named Amy finds a wounded soldier in the woods. She takes him to the school and he is locked in a room where Martha tends his wounds. All the women at school are fascinated by this young man.
People at school decide that John McBurney, the wounded soldier, should be delivered to the Confederate Army as a prisoner of war. However, Martha decides that his leg needs to heal first. The story is definitely worth watching. It leaves you on the edge of your seat with the surprising twists the plot takes. We’ve explained the ending in detail below, but let’s also warn you about several spoilers!
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