GenreDrama, Romance AwardsCritics Choice MVP Award CountryNorway
Release date7 September 2014 (2014-09-07) (TIFF) Based onMiss Julie
by August Strindberg WriterAugust Strindberg (play), Liv Ullmann (screenplay) Initial releaseSeptember 10, 2014 (France) CastJessica Chastain (Miss Julie), Colin Farrell (John), Samantha Morton (Kristin), Nora McMenamy (Little Miss Julie) Similar moviesZandalee, The Captive, The Good Girl, Cashback, The Time Traveler's Wife, Jamon Jamon
TaglineLove is a foolish game
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Miss Julie is a 2014 independent period drama film written and directed by Liv Ullmann, based on the play of the same name by August Strindberg and starring Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell and Samantha Morton. Set in Ireland in this adaptation, it had its world premiere in the Special Presentations section of the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. It was a co-production of Norway, United Kingdom, Ireland, and France.
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In 1890, in Fermanagh in north Ireland, during the course of a Midsummer Night's Eve celebration, Julie (Jessica Chastain), the daughter of the Count, an Anglo-Irish aristocrat, attempts to seduce her father's valet, John (Colin Farrell). The affair quickly goes to some dark places, with power and class playing a key role. The movie starts with a prologue that sees a young Miss Julie aimlessly wandering in the empty confines of her father’s castle. We see her calling out for her mother and walking by the brook where she sees one of her dolls stuck in a tree. She lets out a slightly sinister snicker at the sight of the abandoned doll, and returns to her vast mansion. We jump to Midsummer Night 1890, where the same castle is deserted, save for three individuals; Cathleen the maid (Samantha Morton), John the valet and Miss Julie, the count's daughter. Cathleen and John immediately gossip about the lady of the house, specifically how she forced John to dance with her. The flirty dynamic between Cathleen and John suggests a familiarity that oversteps the boundaries of a working relationship, and John doesn’t fail to notice Cathleen’s jealous reaction. And then, Miss Julie enters. Cathleen takes her leave to look after Miss Julie’s suffering dog, while the young aristocrat, who appears to be in a mischievous sort of mood, traps John. The night grows stranger still, as master and servant continue to exchange impassioned monologues composed of lustful innuendoes and agonizing tension. At one moment, John confesses that he’s been in love with her since he first laid eyes on her as a child, and the next sees him in staunch denial, quick to remind her of their vastly different positions on the social ladder. She’s just as capricious, ordering him around like a slave, and then transforming into a damsel in distress. The back-and-forth continues, until libido overpowers them both and they end up in John’s bedroom. Be it a product of John’s uncontrollable instincts, or Julie’s need to be wanted, the sex comes with catastrophic implications and the tensions continue to ascend to a boiling point.
Jessica Chastain as Miss Julie
Colin Farrell as John, valet
Samantha Morton as Kathleen, a cook in the Count's house and John's fiance
Nora McMenamy as the little Miss Julie
Synnøve Hørsdal of Oslo-based Maipo Film was the producer, along with co-producers Teun Hilte of London-based The Apocalypse Films Company Ltd and Rita Dagher of Paris-based Senorita Films.
Filming began in April 2013. In a change of setting from the original Sweden of the play, the film was shot at Castle Coole, a late 18th-century country mansion in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland.
Many reviewers noted the strong performances by the three actors, but criticized Ullmann as a director for keeping the film too static and tied to the stage play. Sheila O'Malley wrote for RogerEbert.com, "The claustrophobia of the kitchen is overwhelming in the film, and the shots of Miss Julie wandering through the manor by herself, her posture broken and stiff, her dress falling off her shoulder, give us a welcome (and yet rivetingly disturbing) change of scene." She continued, "The film has undeniable power," and assures that if one is interested in raw and intense acting at its finest, this film is incredible.