Julia (2008)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  12 March 2008 (France)
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A woman tries to extort money, using a young boy as bait.



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Julia is a drunk. She loses her job in real estate and at an A.A. meeting meets a neighbor, Elena, an addled Mexican woman who talks about having lots of money and a plan to kidnap her own son from the boy's grandfather, a wealthy businessman. Elena wants Julia's help. Julia says yes with her own plan to do this alone. Following Elena's plan, Julia manages to grab the boy, Tom, who's about 10. Now what? She asks for a ransom. Tom's grandfather and his money are connected directly to Mexican drug trafficking, so Julia is up against long odds. Will anyone make it out alive? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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money | boy | meeting | neighbor | ransom | See All (162) »


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language, some violent content and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 March 2008 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Apagogi horis antikrysma  »

Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$12,524 (USA) (8 May 2009)


$2,110 (USA) (23 October 2015)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In real life, Tilda Swinton, who plays an alcoholic in the film, cannot drink. She says she would fall asleep after having just one glass. See more »


After Julia goes to the bus station to retrieve the money, she steals a car after noticing policemen keeping guard next to hers. When she arrives in the desert and finds Tom unconscious, she wakes him up by splashing him with water from the bottle that was in her original car. See more »


Elena: You know, the people here, they're really nice to each other. You can feel safe here. And we can help you. I know you. You live right across from me, we're neighbors.
Julia: Well, I'm not really down with the good neighbor shit.
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Referenced in Teen Wolf: The Tell (2011) See more »


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Woman on the edge
4 December 2011 | by (Saffron Walden, UK) – See all my reviews

Eric Zonca directed the sublime 'The Dream Life of Angels', a beautiful story of female friendship and existential despair. 'Julia', his first film for 9 years, is equally powerful, but much less charming. Tilda Swinton is great as Julia, but her character is absolutely unlikeable; the plot, meanwhile, though harrowing, in places strains credibility, especially in its portrait of Mexico as a literal hell on earth. Yet Zonca's talent is also on display, and the story commands your attention in spite of its unpleasantness. The ending is ambiguous, potentially interpretable as redemptive, but not clearly so. I'm not sure this is a great film; I am sure I want to see more from this director.

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