Tim Purtell
February 01, 2008 AT 05:00 AM EST

Froken Julie

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
90 minutes
performer
Anita Bjork, Ulf Palme
director
Alf Sjoberg
author
Alf Sjoberg, August Strindberg
genre
Drama

We gave it a B+

Swedish director Alf Sjöberg expands August Strindberg’s claustrophobic 1888 play about sexes and classes with lush Midsummer Eve landscapes, hallucinatory flashbacks, and a slew of new characters (including a groom played by a baby-faced Max von Sydow). This startling film, Miss Julie, once controversial for its kinky eroticism, is pinned by Björk’s feverish performance as the doomed, mercurial Julie. EXTRAS Sjöberg, Sweden’s most famous auteur until he was eclipsed by Ingmar Bergman, and his forgotten work are assessed in a meaty featurette and booklet essays.

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