Director: Sofia Coppola
Cast: Nicole Kidman, Elle Fanning, Kirsten Dunst, Colin Farrell
Country of Origin: USA 2017 94 mins. (15)
Released by Universal Piuctures
Sophia Coppolo's new take on Thomas P. Cullinan's novel 'A Painted Devil' is a beautifully shot, witty, atmospheric, slightly nutty delight that has the edge on the Don Siege-Clint Eastwood 1971 version.
The American Civil war is nearly over and badly wounded Union soldier and deserter Corporal John McBurney (Colin Farrell) is a once-in-a-lifetime surprise find for 11-year-old Amy (Oona Laurance). He needs a refuge and persuades Amy to take him to her boarding school where the Headmistress Martha Farnsworth (Nicole Kidman) and her deputy Edwina (Kirsten Dunst) agree to tend to his wounds and nurse him back to health. In return John McBurney will tend the garden. The men are away, the war's a distant sound and this Southern girls' boarding school has taken in John McBurney who'll manipulate the woman's insecurities and vanity. Sexual tensions build as the interloper plays his game, but that can only be a recipe for disaster.
Beautifully shot by Philippe Le Sourd - the dinners and musical evenings are a delight, it's a sit back and enjoy movie.