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I love how Sofia Coppola keeps turning to period pieces to explore the lost, dissatisfied women her films are almost exclusively about. Her latest, The Beguiled, goes back to the American Civil War and uses the era’s strict gender roles to put women at a boarding school into a tense situation as they all try to manipulate — and get manipulated by — an injured male soldier.

The setup leads to some excellent suspense and a really nice contrast of how different characters (a widow, a single adult, a late teen) deal with the situation they’ve been put in. It fits right in with Coppola’s other movies, and certainly does a thoughtful job of exploring the issues she’s interested in — that said, there are some good critiques of the way Coppola’s…

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