Miss Julie Review

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A Count's daughter passes a night with a lower-class footman in this Figgis examination of self-destruction, self-loathing and social alienation.


This third collaboration from the Figgis/Burrows partnership retreads avenues - self-destruction, self-loathing and social alienation - that the director has examined better before in Leaving Las Vegas.

Based on famed misogynist August Strindberg's play of oppression and emotional complexity - Burrows is the count's daughter who spends the night with Mullan's lower-class footman - Figgis' obsession with technical experimentation may lessen the intensity, but always holds the attention.

Even if the plain nastiness of its characters creates a notable lack of audience empathy, Figgis fans shouldn't leave disappointed.