30-Second Synopsis: One day in the middle of the Civil War, headmistress Martha (Nicole Kidman) walks out of her Virginia school to discover an interloper on her front lawn: namely, a wounded Union soldier named John (Colin Farrell). Despite her Confederate allegiances, she decides to care for him, enlisting the help of her students and her teacher, Edwina (Kirsten Dunst). The combination of John's sexual urges and his rampant drinking soon get the best of him, sparking a chain of seriously gruesome events (uh, a saw comes into contact with a body part), and Martha and the girls band together to rid themselves of their unwanted visitor.
Reason You Will Probably Cringe: There are some too-real depictions of John's wounds, including a stomach-turning scene with prolonged shots of Martha sewing his flesh back together. It doesn't get any better when she pours booze on the wound to keep it clean—#tbt to a time when rubbing alcohol wasn't readily available!
The Award for Best One-Liners Goes To: Nicole Kidman, who delivers the most cutting one-liners of any film released so far this year. Even her stern, one-word way of rounding up the girls ("Girls!") is surprisingly severe.
The Coolest Thing About the Film: The clothes! Coppola is a director who's always been known for her refined aesthetic sensibility—both cinematically and sartorially—and she more than maintains that reputation with the sumptuous look of this film.
That's why we decided to talk to the person responsible for the film's enchanting fashion, costume designer Stacey Battat, who tells us what it was like crafting the look.
Battat worked with Coppola and the team to fine-tune the character's Civil War-era wardrobes, particularly the film's killer ethereal color palette. "What makes Sofia such a great director is that she is really inspired to create a world," Battat says.
"Pastels came from the conversations that we had had about having [the film] be light, airy, and diaphanous, with light passing through trees, which is reflected in the cinematography, sets, and clothes."
Some of the most intriguing elements of the costumes were the ornate brooches that held ribbons and collars around the ladies' necks. As of late, plain chokers and loose velvet ties are customary pieces of jewelry—but now we're convinced that our current accessories could use some pinned embellishments that make the choker trend less '90s and more of a modern take on antiquity.
It's time to get pinned with your own version of the 1860s-era trend—see how to make one (or several) below!
What You'll Need:
• Ribbon, a cloth choker, or a string (something that can rest comfortably around your neck)
• Earrings, pins, or an actual brooch
• Soft plastic backings
How To Make Them:
Step No. 1: Place the material around your neck. You can cross it, if it's ribbon, or tie it in a loose bow if it's string.
Step No. 2: Secure the ribbon with your choice of earring, brooch, or pin.
Step No. 3: Add a plastic backing to the tip of the earring, if that's what's being used, so the end won't scratch your neck.
Step No. 4: Wear your newest creation!
The Beguiled comes out in New York and Los Angeles on June 23, with a wider release on June 30.