All-star cast takes the classic play "Miss Julie" to Ireland in new film

December 8, 2014 3:30 PM

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"Miss Julie," August Strindberg's 19th centurydrama about class and that Darwinian fixation of the nobility, "breeding," comes to austere life in an adaptation by the Swedish actress-turned-director Liv Ullmann. She has re-set the Swedish tale in 1890s Ireland, and uses canny casting to underline the connections between class distinctions, then and now.

Though the play is dated and was and remains the very picture of minimalism, Strinderg's naturalism and a spirited cast give it a pulse that throbs with life.

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