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

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Stars: Miroslav Krobot, Tilda Swinton, Erika Bók
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Elena
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Tom
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Diego
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Santos
Mauricio Moreno ...
José
Gaston Peterson ...
Miguel (as Gastón Peterson)
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Phillip
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Leon
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Marcus
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Storyline

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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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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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:

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

On the cover of the DVD, Tilda Swinton is incorrectly referred to as Tilda Swanton. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[repeated line]
José: i'm just a taxi driver
[last lines]
José: I'm still calling
Julia: Freeze
[accidentally shoots him in the head]
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Connections

References Gloria (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Sweet Dreams (are made of this)
Written by Annie Lennox (as A. Lennox) and David A. Stewart (as D. Stewart)
Performed by Eurythmics
Courtesy of Sony BMG
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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.


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