Nicole Kidman – One to One – ‘The Beguiled’. “I’m completely spontaneous and random in my decisions.”

As a result of her recent eclectic choice of roles – Lion, Big Little Lies, The Killing a Sacred Deer – the word Nicole Kidman is often associated with is ‘risky’. But the star fails to see the relevance.

“I personally don’t see it as risky. If I thought any choices I made were risky, then in the back of my mind, I’d worry about failing,” she explains. “But I don’t.” One of the biggest stars in Hollywood for over two years, the Antipodean has developed a largely indelible reputation as a shrewd power player. There’ve been plenty of miss-steps along the way – Bewitched, The Stepford Wives, Just Go With it, Trespass – but after dominating at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, dubbed ‘Nicole-Fest’, it seems the actress has regained her throne.

And much of that has to do with her buzzed-about performance in Sofia Coppola’s reinterpretation of Seventies classic, The Beguiled. Kidman is Miss Martha, the morally ambiguous head mistress of a girl’s boarding school during the Civil War. Archly primed and protective, her limits are stretched with the arrival of a wounded soldier [Colin Farrell], who causes friction between her charges – namely Kirsten Dunst’s repressed teacher and Elle Fanning’s seductive ingénue. It’s consternation she won’t stand for. And framed against a backdrop of Coppola’s signature rosy hued vision, Kidman unleashes a heinous, devilish persona who will stop at nothing to secure her world as she knows it.

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