In 'Miss Julie,' Liv Ullmann is too faithful to Strindberg play

December 5, 2014 2:01 PM

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The comely mistress of the manor is hot and bothered, the homely cook is cool and collected, and the dashing valet is desired by both. In "Miss Julie," an Irish period piece of class divides, sexual politics and power games, things will end badly, one suspects, though the denouement still shocks.

Director Liv Ullmann - whose best work behind the camera remains 2000's "Faithless," written by the late great Ingmar Bergman - begins with a potent troika of stars in Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell and Samantha Morton. These are always exciting actors to watch, well equipped to handle the intensit...

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