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Miss Julie (2/10)

by Tony Medley

Runtime 129 minutes.

Not for Children.

Liv Ullman got her reputation by acting in the films of Ingmar Bergman. Bergman specialized in long, actionless, slow films that people who read The New Yorker suffered through and then spoke knowingly at cocktail parties as if they actually understood and enjoyed them.

Now she visualizes herself as a writer/director and adapted August Strindberg’s play into a film of which Bergman would be proud, starring Colin Farrell and Jessica Chastain. It is long, actionless, and slow. At one point I turned to my friend and said, “That makes no sense at all.” Alas, I can’t remember what “that” was. It set the watch test record.

Chastain is Miss Julie and Farrell is valet for her father, an unseen Baron. The film starts out with her teasing him and segues into him seducing her and it goes downhill from there, ending, as do most Bergman films, unsatisfyingly.

The back and forth between Miss Julie and Farrell is annoying and inscrutable. At least in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (1966) the characters’ vituperation at each other is consistent.

There were a couple of things good about it, however. Samantha Morton gives a fine performance as Farrell’s fiancé and the cinematography of late 19th Century Ireland is rewarding.