On Wednesday, Dunst joined director Sofia Coppola and her costars to walk the carpet for the premiere of their upcoming thriller The Beguiled. While strolling alongside the group, Dunst, 35, was suddenly overcome with emotion — a whole lot of it. She cried, she wiped away her tears, she laughed and then cried some more.
The good news? Dunst definitely has something to smile about — critics are singing high praise about the deliciously dark, Southern Gothic flair of The Beguiled, Coppola’s adaption of the 1966 Thomas Cullinan novel.
The film stars Kidman as the headmistress of a women’s boarding school in 1864 Virginia at the height of the Civil War. Dunst plays Edwina, a teacher, and Fanning, a teenage student named Alicia. The school has remained largely untouched by the war, but the girls’ seclusion is interrupted by the discovery of a wounded soldier from the Union Army (Farrell).
This story originally appeared on PEOPLE.com.