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Miss Julie (2014)

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Over the course of a midsummer night in Fermanagh in 1890, an unsettled daughter of the Anglo-Irish aristocracy encourages her father's valet to seduce her.

Director:

Liv Ullmann

Writers:

August Strindberg (play), Liv Ullmann (screenplay)
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Credited cast:
Jessica Chastain ... Miss Julie
Colin Farrell ... John
Samantha Morton ... Kathleen
Nora McMenamy Nora McMenamy ... Little Miss Julie
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Over the course of a midsummer night in Fermanagh in 1890, an unsettled daughter of the Anglo-Irish aristocracy encourages her father's valet to seduce her.

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Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material involving sexuality, disturbing images, and language | See all certifications »

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Norway | UK | France | Ireland

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 September 2014 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

La señorita Julia See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color
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Michelle Williams was director Liv Ullmann original choice to play Miss Julie, but she had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts. See more »

Goofs

Miss Julia's lipstick and coppery eye-shadow alternate from very faint to very apparent to very faint again during the long conversation in the kitchen. See more »

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[first lines]
Little Miss Julie: [reading] She had received a most beautiful doll as a present. Oh, what a glorious doll, so fair and delicate. She did not seem created for the sorrows of this world.
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Version of Theatre 625: Miss Julie (1965) See more »

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"Concentrated and reverently cinematographic..."
19 January 2015 | by SindreKaspersenSee all my reviews

Norwegian actress, author, screenwriter and director Liv Ullmann's fifth feature film which she wrote, is an adaptation of a play from 1888 by Swedish 19th and 20th century writer, playwright and painter August Strindberg (1849–1912). It premiered in the Special Presentations section at the 39th Toronto International Film Festival in 2014, was shot on locations in Northern Ireland and is a Norway-UK-Ireland-France co-production which was produced by producers Synnøve Hørsdal, Oliver Dungey and Teun Hilte. It tells the story about a baron's daughter named Julie and her involvement with a servant named John and a live-in maid named Kathleen.

Distinctly and precisely directed by Norwegian filmmaker Liv Ullmann, this quietly paced fictional tale which is narrated by a protagonist and interchangeably from the protagonists' viewpoints, draws an increasingly gravitating and incisively psychological portrayal of a relation which evolves in a kitchen on a Midsummer Eve. While notable for its distinctly naturalistic milieu depictions, majestic cinematography by Russian cinematographer Mikhail Krichman, production design by production designer Caroline Amies, costume design by Irish producer and costume designer Consolata Boyle and film editing by film editor Michal Leszczlowski, this dialog-driven and narrative-driven story about survival, depicts some internally scrutinizing studies of character.

This atmospheric, ingeniously dramatic and bittersweet romance which is set in Ireland in the late 19th century and where an at that period in time unsuitable attraction between human beings within a castle which turns into a royal affair, escalates into a crucial competition of mutual insults and condemnations, is impelled and reinforced by its cogent narrative structure, substantial character development, rhythmic continuity, instrumental music, comment by Kathleen: "It is a work of …" and the eminent acting performances by Irish actor Colin Farrell, American actress Jessica Chastain and English actress Samantha Morton. A concentrated and reverently cinematographic character piece.


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