It was not an understatement when Sight & Sound was quoted as saying “There isn’t a better piece of pure cinema out there”… The performances are gripping from start to finish and Liv Ullmann’s controlled direction puts the actors front and centre, beautifully lit by Michael Krichman’s cinematography. This is truly a formidable piece of work.
A country estate in Ireland in the 1880s. Over the course of one midsummer night, in an atmosphere of wild revelry and loosened social constraints, Miss Julie and John, her father’s valet, dance and drink, charm and manipulate each other. She, all hauteur longing for abasement, he, polished but coarse, united in mutual loathing and attraction. By turns seductive and bullying, savage and tender, their intimacy leads to desperate plans and vision of a life together... Unsure if the morning brings hope or hopelessness, Julie and John find their escape in a final act as sublime and horrific as anything in Greek tragedy. Miss Julie depicts a fierce battle for power and dominance, enacted through a cruel and compulsive game of seduction.