Down 15,670 this week

Julia (2008)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  12 March 2008 (France)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.1/10 from 4,805 users   Metascore: 62/100
Reviews: 35 user | 77 critic | 14 from

A woman tries to extort money, using a young boy as bait.



(adaptation), (adaptation), 2 more credits »
Watch Trailer
0Check in

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video


The 25 Most Immersive Worlds in Cinema

Highly immersive cinematic worlds can carry a movie, and we've rounded up the best of the best.

See the full list

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 39 titles
created 26 Aug 2011
a list of 36 titles
created 06 Oct 2011
a list of 36 titles
created 08 Feb 2012
a list of 21 titles
created 23 Aug 2012
a list of 41 titles
created 18 Mar 2013

Related Items

Search for "Julia" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Julia (2008)

Julia (2008) on IMDb 7.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Julia.
5 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Pregnant forensic psychologist Lydie Crane is hired to learn the truth behind the case of 16-year-old Stephanie Daley, who is accused of concealing her pregnancy and murdering her infant.

Director: Hilary Brougher
Stars: Tilda Swinton, Amber Tamblyn, Timothy Hutton
I Am Love (2009)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A tragic love story set at the turn of the millennium in Milan. The film follows the fall of the haute bourgeoisie due to the forces of passion and unconditional love.

Director: Luca Guadagnino
Stars: Tilda Swinton, Flavio Parenti, Edoardo Gabbriellini
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

An ambitious female attorney wallows in excess and meaningless sex with both male and female partners, while dealing with her personal life problems including helping her kleptomaniac sister.

Director: Susan Streitfeld
Stars: Tilda Swinton, Amy Madigan, Karen Sillas
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A documentary in which actors interpret the legally touchy subject of artist Steve Kurtz, who is being held as a suspected terrorist because of his work.

Director: Lynn Hershman-Leeson
Stars: Thomas Jay Ryan, Tilda Swinton, Peter Coyote
Teknolust (2002)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Anxious to use artificial life to improve the world, Rosetta Stone, a bio-geneticist creates a Recipe for Cyborgs and uses her own DNA in order to breed three Self Replicating Automatons, ... See full summary »

Director: Lynn Hershman-Leeson
Stars: Tilda Swinton, Jeremy Davies, James Urbaniak
The Deep End (2001)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A woman spirals out of control while trying to keep her son from being found culpable in a murder investigation.

Directors: Scott McGehee, David Siegel
Stars: Tilda Swinton, Goran Visnjic, Jonathan Tucker
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

In Lille, two penniless young women with few prospects become friends. Isa moves in with Marie, who's flat-sitting for a mother and child in hospital in comas following a car crash. Isa is ... See full summary »

Director: Erick Zonca
Stars: Élodie Bouchez, Natacha Régnier, Grégoire Colin
Orlando (1992)
Drama | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Young nobleman Orlando is commanded by Queen Elizabeth I to stay forever young. Miraculously, he does just that. The film follows him as he moves through several centuries of British ... See full summary »

Director: Sally Potter
Stars: Tilda Swinton, Billy Zane, Quentin Crisp
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

One night Maloin, a switchman at a seaside railway station situated by a ferry harbor, witnesses a terrible event. He is just watching the arrival of the last ferry at night from his ... See full summary »

Directors: Béla Tarr, Ágnes Hranitzky
Stars: Miroslav Krobot, Tilda Swinton, Erika Bók
Drama | Fantasy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

Emmy Coer, a computer genius, devises a method of communicating with the past by tapping into undying information waves. She manages to reach the world of Ada Lovelace, founder of the idea ... See full summary »

Director: Lynn Hershman-Leeson
Stars: Tilda Swinton, Francesca Faridany, Timothy Leary
Young Adam (2003)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A young drifter working on a river barge disrupts his employers' lives while hiding the fact that he knows more about a dead woman found in the river than he admits.

Director: David Mackenzie
Stars: Ewan McGregor, Tilda Swinton, Peter Mullan
Faceless (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

In an eerily familiar city, a calendar reform has dispensed with the past and the future, leaving citizens faceless, without memory or anticipation. Unimaginable happiness abounds - until a woman recovers her face...

Director: Manu Luksch
Stars: Aadam K. Ahmed, Manu Luksch, Tilda Swinton


Cast overview, first billed only:
Aidan Gould ...
Mauricio Moreno ...
Gaston Peterson ...
Miguel (as Gastón Peterson)
John Bellucci ...
Roger Cudney ...


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 <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

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 »

Parents Guide:




| | |



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)


$64,482 (USA) (31 July 2009)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

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 »


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 »


[last lines]
Julia: Come on kid... i'm taking you to see your mother
See more »


Referenced in Teen Wolf: The Tell (2011) See more »


Tres Avisos
(J. Burns)
Performed by Calexico
Courtesy of Bug Music Inc
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Overwrought acting and a meandering storyline tank it eventually
7 February 2010 | by (Saint Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

Awkward kidnapping thriller/actress vehicle for Tilda Swinton. I love Swinton as much as the next movie lover, and for a while I was thinking that, yes, this was her shining moment. But after a while, it all seemed like a little too much. She's done a ton of subtle work over the past two decades, and she's so in your face here it just doesn't feel like the same actress. That could be a compliment, but I found her work here so overwrought. One of the problems is that a lot of the dialogue is improvised (I'm guessing), and I don't think she acquitted herself well. The plot involves a hopeless alcoholic who gets involved in a kidnapping plot. The woman who asks her to help (Kate del Castillo, just awful) is also an alcoholic. Her son was taken from her by her dead husband's father. She claims to have money to pay Swinton in Mexico. Swinton sees it as the perfect opportunity for a double cross. Later, there'll be more double crosses, probably a triple cross, and eventually the kid gets kidnapped FROM Swinton by some Mexican gangsters. It's all very meandering, and the film runs a whopping two and a half hours (at 90 minutes, it could have been very good). It's not that it's a boring film, really, it's just kind of annoying and unfocused.

10 of 18 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Almost a black comedy Ohyoubigsilly
This film is NOT a remake of Cassavetes' 'Gloria' Lemmywinks616
What has hollywood come to? robert_sorensen
just watched this tommyboy5271
So bothered by this movie...Grrr....i like it!! ezednem
Julia and the Wrestler, raging life daredazed
Discuss Julia (2008) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: