Southern belles go to war over a wounded soldier: LIBBY PURVES says The Beguiled is a ladylike thriller

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Few sights are more formidable than a Southern schoolmarm in hoop skirt and pin-tucked bodice, with delicate white hands fit to sew a dainty seam. Or a gaping wound. Or a shroud.

Be very afraid: for Nicole Kidman is Miss Martha, a devout black-browed disciplinarian in a young ladies’ seminary in Virginia, where the smoke of Civil War cannons hangs on the air like the Spanish moss in the trees beyond the mansion.

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