Juliette Binoche stars in this modern-day production of Strindberg's 19th-century classic, where issues of gender, class and forbidden desire collide with seemingly unbreakable social conventions.
Mademoiselle Julie is a naturalistic play written in 1888 by August Strindberg. It is set on Midsummer's Eve on the estate of a Count. The young woman of the title is drawn to a senior servant, a valet named Jean (Nicolas Bouchaud), who is particularly well-traveled, well-mannered and well-read. The action takes place in the kitchen of Mademoiselle Julie's father's manor, where Jean's fiancée, a servant named Christine (Bénédicte Cerutti), cooks and sometimes sleeps while Jean and Miss Julie talk.
On this night the relationship between Miss Julie and Jean escalates rapidly to feelings of love and is subsequently consummated. Over the course of the play Miss Julie and Jean battle until Jean convinces her that the only way to escape her predicament is to commit suicide.
Mademoiselle Julie premiered to acclaim at the 2012 Avignon Festival before transferring to London's Barbican Theatre and Paris's Odéon theatre where Juliette Binoche had appeared to great acclaim in Andrei Konchalovski's adaptation of La Mouette.
While being staged in Avignon director Nicolas Klotz and a crew of HD cameras captured the play for broadcast on French television.
New translation by
Art direction by
In association with
Elbar Elbaz for Lanvin
Odéon-Théâtre de l’Europe
Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg Théâtre Liberté de Toulon,
La Comédie de Reims
Centre dramatique national,
Directed by Frederic Fisbach