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Sofia Coppola's "The Beguiled," particularly in its early scenes, eerily captures a mood of ominous beauty. It's the summer of 1864 in rural Virginia, several years into the Civil War, and the Farnsworth Seminary – a boarding school for young Southern ladies, run by Miss Martha Farnsworth (Nicole Kidman) – is a remote island of women in a countryside torn by battle. One day, the school's youngest remaining student (Oona Lawrence) discovers a wounded Union soldier (Colin Farrell) while hunting mushrooms in the woods nearby. Reluctantly, Miss Martha takes him in. "You are not a guest here," she informs him crisply. "You are a most unwelcome visitor."