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Julia -- An aging alcoholic (Swinton) enters into a kidnapping plot with a woman she meets through her AA meetings.


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A woman tries to extort money, using a young boy as bait. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Tilda Swinton ... Julia

Saul Rubinek ... Mitch

Kate del Castillo ... Elena
Aidan Gould ... Tom

Jude Ciccolella ... Nick

Bruno Bichir ... Diego

Horacio Garcia Rojas ... Santos
Mauricio Moreno ... José
Gaston Peterson ... Miguel (as Gastón Peterson)

Kevin Kilner ... Johnny
John Bellucci ... Phillip

Ezra Buzzington ... George
Roger Cudney ... Frank

Eugene Byrd ... Leon

Sandro Kopp ... Marcus

M.J. Karmi ... AA Woman (as MJ Karmi)
Carl Dillard ... Henry AA (as Carl Dudley Dillard)

Ken Davitian ... Taxi Driver
Hiep Thi Le ... Kitty

Jim Leske ... Motel Clerk
Muriel Ricard ... Journalist

Tania Verafield ... Cleaning Lady
Atzinga ... Carmen
Nadiedka ... Carena
Mariana Elías ... Raphaella
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

K. Duane Garrett ... Police Officer

Robert Amico ... Detective (uncredited)

Sally Berman ... Woman by Car (uncredited)
Dave Gist ... Fat Train Station Guy (uncredited)

Priscilla Leona Horne ... Woman In Station (uncredited)
Jake Koenig ... Bartender (uncredited)

Camille Natta ... Karen (uncredited)

Neko Parham ... Ejay (uncredited)

Tom Poole ... Detective (uncredited)
Ian Ray ... Undercover Agent #1 (uncredited)
Marshal Silverman ... Commuter (uncredited)
Ursula Tania ... Cooker (uncredited)

Directed by
Erick Zonca 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Roger Bohbot  adaptation
Michael Collins  adaptation
Aude Py  written by
Erick Zonca  written by

Produced by
Allen Bain .... co-producer: 7th Floor
Jeremy Burdek .... executive producer
Bertrand Faivre .... producer
Cathy Gesualdo .... line producer: Los Angeles
Nadia Khamlichi .... executive producer
Jacqueline Louis .... line producer: Saga Film
François Marquis .... producer
Jean-Jacques Neira .... co-producer: Saga Film
Adrian Politowski .... executive producer
Jesse Scolaro .... co-producer: 7th Floor
Sandra Solares .... co-producer: Jaibol Films
Hubert Toint .... co-producer: Saga Film
Cinematography by
Yorick Le Saux (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Philippe Kotlarski 
Casting by
Heidi Levitt 
Manuel Teil 
Production Design by
François-Renaud Labarthe 
Art Direction by
Carlos Y. Jaques  (as Carlos Jacques)
Set Decoration by
Luis Figueroa 
Costume Design by
April Napier 
Makeup Department
Tamami Ito .... key hair stylist
Sandro Kopp .... assistant makeup artist
Sandro Kopp .... tattoo designs
Sandra Migueli .... key makeup artist (as Sandra Miguelli)
Sandra Migueli .... makeup designer
Mariana Miranda .... makeup assistant
Roz Music .... makeup artist: Los Angeles
Pamela Neal .... hair stylist: Miss Swinton
Production Management
Nicolas Bassetto .... assistant production manager
Horacio Rodríguez .... unit manager
Juan Uruchurtu .... production manager
Linda Warrilow .... production supervisor: Los Angeles
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stephanie Beauchef .... second second assistant director
Álvaro Curiel .... first assistant director
Juliana Fanjul .... second assistant director
Jeff Fuller .... first assistant director: Los Angeles (as Jeff 'Bones' Fuller)
Wendy Geary .... second second assistant director: Los Angeles
Shelly Heyward .... second assistant director: Los Angeles
Camille Natta .... collaborating director
Jorge Eduardo Ramírez .... first assistant director: additional shoot Tijuana (uncredited)
Art Department
Michael Keith Aleshire-Rezendez .... set dresser: Los Angeles (as Keith Aleshire)
Daniel Alvarado .... carpenter (as Daniel Alvárado)
Victor Bernal .... carpenter
Martín Bolaños .... property master assistant (as Martin Bolanos)
Jorge Borja .... set decoration assistant
Tom Bry .... on-set dresser: Los Angeles
Octavio Caballero .... swing
Mario Camacho .... painter
Arnulfo Castillo .... carpenter
Ricardo Chavez .... head carpenter (as Ricardo Chávez)
Gilberto Cortes .... property master (as Gilberto Cortés)
Javier Cortes .... buyer (as Javier Cortés)
Gabriel Cortés .... construction coordinator
Samuel Daza .... construction coordinator
Roger Dertinger .... property master: Los Angeles
Oswaldo Diaz .... blacksmith
Luis Escobar .... carpenter (as Luís Escobar)
Marco A. Esquivel .... carpenter
Adalberto Flores .... swing
Bernado Flores .... swing
Aarón García .... painter
Adán García .... lead painter (as Adan Garcia)
Héctor Velazco Guzmán .... painter (as Héctor Velasco)
Ricardo Holguin .... swing
Dorit Hurst .... set decorator: Los Angeles (as Dorit Oberman)
Sandra Jalife .... trainee
Ignacio Jiménez Trejo .... carpenter (as Ignacio Jiménez)
Naolín Jiménez .... assistant set dresser (as Naolin Jiménez)
Paul Kurdys .... props assistant: Los Angeles
Carlos Lagunas .... art coordinator
Jorge Lechuga .... painter
Hector Lemus .... swing
Guy Lionel .... head painter (as Lionel Guy)
Heráclito Lopez .... graphic designer
Eduardo Madrigal .... swing
Raúl Mena .... painter
Francisco Mercado Urbina .... carpenter (as Francisco Mercado)
Brian Nabours .... set dresser: Los Angeles
Dennis Ogle .... lead man: Los Angeles
Abel Ortiz .... blacksmith
Emiliano Paredes .... painter
Gabriel Pérez .... construction swing
Claudio Ramirez Castelli .... set decoration assistant (as Claudio Castelli)
Claudio Ramírez .... set dresser assistant
Pedro Ramírez .... carpenter
Daniela Rojas .... set dresser
Gustavo Rosas .... swing
Renato Salcedo .... carpenter
Daniel Suarez .... swing
José Juan Sánchez .... painter
Daniel Tello .... swing
Julieta Torres .... painter
Alonso Velasco Guzman .... painter (as Alonso Velasco)
Mauricio Waldo .... on-set dresser
Erik Schindler .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Etienne Carton .... sound mix recordist
Philippe Charbonnel .... sound mix recordist
Damien Deville .... optical sound transfer
Andrés Franco .... sync sound editor (as Andres Franco)
Jean-Stephane Garbe .... post-synchronization recordist
Thomas Gauder .... sound mixer
Aline Gavroy .... post-synchronization mixer
Gert Janssen .... sound editor
Caroline Landsweerdt .... assistant sound editor
Valérie Le Docte .... dialogue editor
Jo Masset .... post-synchronization engineer: Backstage
Pauline Materne .... foley recordist
Pierre Mertens .... sound
Michel Monier .... sound consultant: Dolby (as Michel Monnier)
Grégory Noël .... boom operator (as Gregory Noel)
Ingrid Simon .... sound edit assistant
Philippe van Leer .... foley artist
Thomas Vanthuyne .... sound edit assistant
Special Effects by
Alejandro Vázquez .... special effects coordinator (as Alejandro Vazquez)
Arminius Arzate .... stunt coordinator
Gary Baxley .... stunt consultant: Los Angeles
Camera and Electrical Department
Ramón Acosta .... electrician
Pascual Alvarado Bravo .... grip
Manuel Alvarado .... lighting technician: Los Angeles
Robert Baird .... second assistant camera: Los Angeles
Otto Emilio Betancourt .... key grip: Los Angeles (as Otto Betancourt)
Malcolm Bryce .... gaffer: Los Angeles
Aaron Burden .... dolly grip: Los Angeles (as AJ Burden)
Jeff Clark .... best boy electric: Los Angeles
Alan Kelvin Contreras .... second assistant camera (as Alan Kelvin)
Emmanuel de Fleury .... first assistant camera
Carlos García Flores .... electrician (as Carlos Garcia Flores)
Martin Garcia Medina .... key electrician
Ulices Garcia Medina .... key grip
Mark Goebel .... grip: Los Angeles
Fernando Gutierrez .... loader
Héctor 'Mac' Hernádez .... grip
Pedro Hernández Gonzalez .... dolly grip
Leonardo Julián .... gaffer (as Leonardo Julian)
Hal Lewis .... video assist operator: Los Angeles
Norma Martinez .... video assist operator
Ty Mitchell .... loader: Los Angeles
Richard Moriarty .... first assistant camera: Los Angeles
Camille Natta .... still photographer
José Peña Vilches .... electrician (as Jose Peña Vilchis)
Karen Roseme .... lighting technician: Los Angeles
Allen Wagoner .... video assist operator: Los Angeles (as Allen Waggoner)
Keith Whitaeker .... best boy: Los Angeles
Casting Department
Lauren Fernandes .... casting associate: Los Angeles
Mara Gutierrez .... extras casting: Tijuana (as Mara Guitérez)
Barbarella Pardo .... casting: Tijuana (as Barbarela Pardo)
Jessica Valencia .... assistant casting
Arturo Zárate .... extras casting
Rich King .... extras casting (uncredited)
Mac Marshall .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
María del Carmen Delvin .... set costumer (as Carmen Delfín)
Azalia Joylee .... assistant costume designer
Iván Juárez García .... wardrobe coordinator
Glenn Gregory Krah .... on-set costumer: Los Angeles (as Glenn Krah)
Guadalupe Narváez .... wardrobe assistant
Ana Nuñez .... assistant costume designer
Andrew Salazar .... costume supervisor: Los Angeles
Editorial Department
Basile Belkhiri .... assistant editor
Christophe Bousquet .... color grader
Mike Joris .... video colorist
Lyssia Le Gall .... extra assistant editor
Hervé Vander Heyden .... colorist (as Herve Vanderheyden)
Music Department
Elise Luguern .... music clearances
Transportation Department
Eugenio Alanis .... driver
Efraín Alfaro .... driver (as Efrain Alfaro Ramirez)
Daniel Cruz .... driver
Juan Espinoza .... driver
D'Aldo Fazzone .... transportation captain: Los Angeles
Adrian Flores .... transportation captain (as Adrián 'Chachita' Flores)
Ignacio Flores .... driver
Ulises Flores .... driver
Felipe Garcia Naranjo .... picture car coordinator: Tijuana (as Felipe García Naranjo)
Jaime Gonzalez .... driver
Antonio Hernandez .... driver
Francisco Hernandez .... driver
Arturo Jimenez .... driver
Eduardo Jurado .... driver
Billy Kane .... transportation coordinator: Los Angeles (as Bill Kane)
Jorge Martinez .... driver
José Montes de Oca .... driver (as Jose Montes de Oca)
César Moreno .... driver (as Cesar Moreno)
Daniel Navarro .... driver
Jaime Olalde .... driver
Carlos Ponce de León .... picture car coordinator
Juan Antonio Rangel .... driver
Ricardo Renteria .... driver
Luis Rodrigo Rodriguez .... driver
Carlos Romero .... picture car coordinator
Jorge Ruben Sanchez .... driver
Gustavo Sepúlveda .... driver (as Gistavo Sepulveda)
Miguel Velázquez .... driver (as Miguel Velazquez)
George A. Miki .... transportation captain (uncredited)
Eddie Santana .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Billy Acquaviva Jr. .... assistant production coordinator: Los Angeles
George Adams .... additional office production assistant: Los Angeles
Ana Ballesteros .... catering supervisor
Jose Manuel Ballesteros .... craft service supervisor
Nicolas Bassetto .... production assistant: Saga Film
Lorri Bearbower .... studio teacher: Los Angeles, On Location Education
Roxanne Berthelot .... stand-in: Tilda Swinton
Gilles Bissot .... title designer: Filmik
Eduardo Blanco .... production assistant
Matthew Boeka .... set production assistant: Los Angeles (as Matt Boeka)
Christele Boucher .... assistant accountant (as Christel Boucher)
Roberto Brondo .... anda delegate
Miguel Cadena .... location assistant
Adam Callan .... executive: 7th Floor, Los Angeles
Taylor Calley .... set production assistant: Los Angeles
Nicolás Celis .... production assistant (as Nicolas Celis)
Diana Cignoni .... stand-in: Julia, Los Angeles
Nate Cohen .... office production assistant: Los Angeles
Richard Davis .... location manager: Los Angeles
Mélanie Delaballe .... production assistant
Ivan Diaz-Robledo .... location manager: Tijuana (as Iván Diaz Robledo)
Flor Esqueda .... location assistant
Bonnie Evans .... teacher
Brenda Fernández .... production assistant (as Brenda Fernandez)
Heather Fielding .... studio teacher: Los Angeles, On Location Education
Vincent Gadelle .... business affairs
Patrice Galea .... laboratory consultant
Andrea Gamboa .... assistant production office coordinator
Ruben Garay .... location assistant
Omar Garcia Guzman .... location assistant (as Omar Garcia)
Boris Garza .... location assistant
Carolyn Golden .... key set production assistant: Los Angeles (as Pacarolyn Golden)
Sophie Goldman .... production coordinator: Bagheera
Lili Gonzalez .... production coordinator
Norka Guerrero .... animal trainer
Miguel Gutierrez .... assistant location manager: Los Angeles
Gabriela Herrera .... script supervisor
Hector Ibarra .... location coordinator
Joe Koller .... helicopter pilot
Sandro Kopp .... assistant: Miss Swinton
Christophe Lemer .... laboratory consultant
Hugo Maldonado .... cook: Los Angeles
Isabel Martinez .... production accountant
Victor Martinez .... craft service
Marcos Mora .... craft service: Los Angeles
Tamra Natisin .... set production assistant: Los Angeles
Claude Nemer .... laboratory consultant
Valentina Novati .... production coordinator: Bagheera
Mario Prian .... security
Omar Pérez .... location assistant
William F. Reed .... office production assistant: Los Angeles
Evangelina Resendiz Montalvo .... on-set medic (as Evangelina Reséndiz)
Philippe 'Carlos' Rodriguez .... chef: Los Angeles
Rémi Roy .... production chief accountant (as Remi Roy)
Sarah Rubenstein .... accountant: Los Angeles
Luis Ruiz .... location manager
Iwona Sellers .... production executive
Juliette Sol .... production assistant: Le Bureau
Jesus Solis .... production accountant assistant
Michele Tedlis .... script supervisor: Los Angeles
Abel Teran .... security: Miss Swinton
Melissa Velasquez .... extras assistant: Tijuana (as Melissa Velázquez)
Daniel Villarreal .... additional office production assistant: Los Angeles
Gilles Waterkeyn .... production executive
Brandon Woods .... set medic: Los Angeles
Haydee Zarate .... extras assistant (as Haydeé Zarate)
Jerome Zelle .... craft service: Los Angeles
Tony Arnoux .... press attache (uncredited)
Eric A. Knapp .... office intern (uncredited)
Jorge Eduardo Ramírez .... key production assistant (uncredited)
André-Paul Ricci .... press attache (uncredited)

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Rated R for pervasive language, some violent content and brief nudity
144 min
Aspect Ratio:
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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 »
Plot holes: 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 »
Julia:And it's time *my* luck changed. And it's time something went right for *me*!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Teen Wolf: The Tell (#1.5)" (2011)See more »
When something is wrong with my babySee more »


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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Deeper and deeper and deeper and deeper..., 20 February 2012
Author: Oedipus92 from United States

First of all, let me just say that the fact that Tilda Swinton was snubbed an Oscar nomination last year for her riveting and colossally brilliant performance in 'Julia' just proves once and for all (well, it's been proved many times actually) that the members of the academy aren't watching the right movies. I had heard all the raves and I was prepared for greatness, but she really is stunningly perfect in this role; completely void of all vanity and stripped bare boned, completely in the moment. What I found so wonderful about the film though, was that it didn't simply rely wholly on Swinton to carry it. Sure, there are some plot improbabilities that strip it of a little integrity, but overall this film itself works very hard to keep up with Swinton in deserving your attention.

You will never guess what happens next.

That is one rarity that I really enjoyed about 'Julia'. It kept me guessing the entire time. It won me over with every plot twist and new development because it fit without being predictable. Sure, the ending was a tad comparable to a 'sellout' (the single worst component to the film outside of Kate del Castillo's inconsistently unbearable performance), but it really isn't the ending as much as the last line of dialog that kind of dampens the film impact.

Really, just know that while Swinton is the best thing about this film, she is not the only reason to watch it.

'Julia' tells the story of Julia Harris; an alcoholic who is uncontrollably selfish and completely reprehensible. The first thirty minutes or so of the film simply introduce us to her lifestyle and help us to, well, dislike her. I love the performance and the treatment of Julia so much because we are never given a single reason to sympathize with her (well, until the end which is kind of expected even if it was a tad disappointing). We are basically told from the beginning that Julia is an awful person. Swinton makes sure that we believe that. When Julia is approached by a fellow AA member who is in dire need of some help, she finds herself neck deep in a LOT of trouble. Before she knows it, Julia has kidnapped an eight-year-old boy and is holding him for ransom.

But, Julia keeps digging that hole of hers deeper and deeper and deeper and deeper.

The plot is so rich with originality (I mean, this material was so much stronger than I expected) that I'm just completely blown away that more people aren't campaigning this film. Yes,some of the sequences in the film run a little improbable, and some of the films overall dynamic is lost in the endings attempt at humanizing Julia, but many of the films core aspects are remarkably unique. Deciding to create a film that centers around a woman so despicable yet utterly human was a risk that I am SO glad Erick Zonca took.

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