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MISS JULIE

Director: LIV ULLMANN

129 minutes, Norway-U.K.-Ireland-France, 2014, Colour, Digital


This film was released on Friday 28th August 2015 and is no longer screening. 

Liv Ullmann, directing for the first time since 2000’s Faithless, transplants August Strindberg’s play from Sweden to Fermanagh, retaining the naturalistic approach of the original work while adding an extra layer of resonance for local audiences in its explorations of the shifting balance of power between classes over the course of a Midsummer Night’s Eve.

John (Colin Farrell) is the ambitious, educated valet of an Anglo-Irish Baron, engaged to humble, church-going cook Kathleen (Samantha Morton), whom he treats with mixed affection and condescension. Julie (Jessica Chastain), the Baron’s spoiled and brittle daughter, spends the evening in the kitchen, where she and John engage in a complex battle centred on their respective gender and social roles, confounded by their lust for each other. Claustrophobic and intense, the film succeeds primarily because of the visceral and committed performances of its cast. (Notes by Kevin Coyne)

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