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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
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 »
The motel scenes in which Julia holds Tom captive that are supposed to be set in California have non-American electrical outlets, revealing the scenes' Mexican location. See more »
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.
Well, I'm not really down with the good neighbor shit.
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Julia (Tilda Swinton) is a hard partying angry drunk. She loses her real estate job despite the help of sponsor friend Mitch (Saul Rubinek). Mitch forces her to go to her A.A. meetings. Her fidgety neighbor Elena (Kate del Castillo) is also at the meeting. She tells her about a plan to kidnap her own son Tom from his grandfather. She begs Julia for help offering $50k. Julia decides to kidnap the boy on her own for a big payoff.
It's the first film I've seen from french writer/director Erick Zonca. He shows a lot of gritty realism. The most compelling aspect of this movie is Tilda Swinton. She's going all out as the half-dressed drunken mess. It starts off more of a character study. The characters are so hopeless that it seems more like keystone cops caper. After the kidnapping, the movie drags a little as clueless Julia tries to make the scheme work. The kid isn't compelling enough. The pace really needs to pick up. It does pick up later on but the 144 minutes running time is too long.
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