- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 41 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: May 30, 2000
- Originally Released: 1999
- Label: MGM (Video & DVD)
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Single Side - Single Layer
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
"...An intensely intimate drama, [the film] is toplined by a forceful performance by Peter Mullan..."
USA Today - 06/02/2000
"...Figgis makes the drama fluid, even pulling off an unexpected split-screen sequence..."
Entertainment Weekly - 06/02/2000
"...Dynamic camera work and savvy casting....Don't miss JULIE..." -- Rating A-
Total Film - 10/01/2000
"...[Mullan] is mesmerizing..."
Los Angeles Times - 12/10/1999
"...Figgis remains a compelling storyteller, holding you with the intensity of his vision and his mastery of nuance..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 03/03/2000
"...Intense, erotic and willful....The actors are compelling....Burrows is a great beauty..."
Based on the one-act play by August Strindberg, MISS JULIE takes place during a midsummer festival in late-19th-century Sweden. The title character, played by Saffron Burrows, is the daughter of the the lord of the manor; bored, restless, and lonesome, she finds herself at the servants' party flirting with the footman, Jean (Peter Mullan). He has his own ambitions--dreams of a better life--and he and Julie soon find themselves playing more than just a game with one another. Each is trapped, by class and temperament, and is looking so desperately for a means of escape that they risk destroying each other in the process.
Director Mike Figgis is not afraid to let the film feel like a play--the dialogue gets its due and the characters stay in one room throughout--but the film is visually lush as well. Figgis experiments with fade-outs and split screens, the latter prefiguring his long experiment in TIME CODE. In fact, the camera spends most of its time focused tightly on Burrows, who, notwithstanding her offscreen romance with Figgis, gives a powerful performance to merit the attention.
Mike Figgis's film is an intimate adaptation of the famous Strindberg play, concerning Miss Julie, the mischievous daughter of a wealthy count and her tempestuous relationship with the lower-class Jean.
- Theatrical release: December 10, 1999.
- Filmed on location in London, England.
- The original title of August Strindberg's play is FROKEN JULIE.