(2017) (Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell) (R)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Drama: After two women take in a wounded Union soldier at their all-girls seminary in Virginia during the Civil War, they and their students vie for his attention and affection, all as he manipulates each into thinking they're the one for him.
- It's 1864 and Martha Farnsworth (NICOLE KIDMAN) and Edwina Dabney (KIRSTEN DUNST) run a small seminary in war-torn Virginia. Despite the battles raging not that far away that's yet to affect the stately mansion where they live and teach the girls, they've managed to keep their young charges relatively unscathed by the Civil War.
That is, until young Amy (OONA LAURENCE) comes across Union soldier Corporal John McBurney (COLIN FARRELL) lying wounded in the woods. Knowing she morally can't leave him there despite being the enemy, she helps get him back to the seminary where Martha immediately tends to his wounds, all while the other girls -- including Alicia (ELLE FANNING), Jane (ANGOURIE RICE), Marie (ADDISON RIECKE) and Emily (EMMA HOWARD) -- aren't sure what to make of this stranger in their midst.
Martha's plan is to give him time to heal and then go away on his own or perhaps hand him over to Confederate forces that occasionally drop in. But as time passes by, she, Edwina, teenager Alicia and the rest of the younger girls all find themselves drawn to the man, some of them romantically/sexually, all while he behaves in a way that makes them individually feel special. But when he favors one over another and is caught doing so, he must contend with the repercussions of such behavior.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- It's unlikely many will, unless they're fans of anyone in the cast, the director, or period films.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
- For some sexuality.
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