Miss Julie (1999)
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Critic Reviews for Miss Julie
Intermittently powerful, though not really engaging, this new Figgis version suffers from poor conception of Strindberg's noted play and mediocre acting by Saffron Burrows in the lead; as the servant, Peter Mulan is quite good.
Elegant and hard hitting, this superbly staged battle between the sexes is never less than intriguing.
Other than that split screen scene, no convincing argument is made to translate the story from the stage to film.
An intense screen adaptation of August Strindberg's drama about two people caught up in power plays.
Audience Reviews for Miss Julie
burrows reminded me of a young judy davis & director mike figgis (leaving las vegas) manages to pull off a period pic that feels modern maybe its cos he uses split/multiple screens.
A brutal look at the inequalities between men and women and between members of the upper and lower classes. The two main characters, Miss Julie (Saffron Burrows), the aristocratic daughter of the manor, and her father's footman, Jean (Peter Mullan), seem bent on daring the other to cross those lines that separate them normally and venture into forbidden territory. The acting is superb and the cinematographer uses extreme close-ups to good effect, but the production suffers from an intermittently inaudible sound track, making the dialog often difficult to decipher. Is it love, hate, or just unbridled lust that drives these two to play at their game? Unfortunately, the ending seemed jarring given the strength of the passions evoked and that spoiled an otherwise fine effort for this viewer.
An interesting movie.
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