A gentle, peaceful woman endures a harrowing journey into madness as she struggles for love and peace in this complex, psychological drama.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Julie May Westman
Becky Crawford ...
Jimmy Shay ...
Rude patron
Derek Braasch ...
Man on train / in painting
Mike Tragedy ...
Goth man
Raven Hodge ...
Goth woman
Cristal Cepeda ...
Goth #1
Tiffany Lyons ...
Goth #2
Lizette Haro ...
Goth #3
Nichole Allen ...
Goth #4
Jessica Morrison ...
Goth #5
Gina Prus ...
Goth #6
Heather Greeze ...
Goth #7
Medusa s. X. ...
Julie's goth admirer
Louise Trader ...
Flower shop patron


Julie is a gentle, peaceful woman who would never hurt a fly. She would probably cry if she saw a fly get hurt. Julie is a poet, painter and lover of art. Always with her trademark smile, Julie loves the earth and all that grows from it. But darkness creeps into Julie's beautiful world. When things go bad and life gets dark, through her darkness, her love prevails. This film is a creative, mind-bending drama with strong acting and a surreal storyline. This is the feature film debut from writer/director Eric Mattson. Written by EZ's Plan Productions

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$15,000 (estimated)

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Writer/director Eric Mattson said two films which were huge influences on Julie's Smile are Sunrise (1927) by F.W. Murnau and Meshes of the Afternoon (1946) by Maya Deren. Mattson also says the body of work of David Lynch had a tremendous influence. See more »


Julie May Westman: Sometimes Julie's mind goes away and I have to get it back.
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Not as good as Lethal Weapon 2, but definitely better than Lethal Weapons 3 & 4
10 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Erik Mattson's Julie's Smile goes where few first-time independent filmmakers fear to tread; It relies on film's capacity for visual storytelling to complete its narrative. Whereas most low budget independent dramas tend to be overridden with "cleverer than you" dialog delivered by community theater actors, Julie's Smile puts all its money on Mattson's keen directorial eye and lead actress Stacie Barra's ability to carry the weight of every scene. A task she accomplishes with equal parts charisma and beauty. Julie does not smirk, she smiles, and when she does it's wonderful. The only distraction from the film is the constant nagging question as to why Barra isn't a full-fledged Hollywood up and coming actress. She easily out does Juliette Lewis in The Other Sister with her portrayal of a mentally handicapped young woman.

And lastly, and this just a complete and total matter of personal taste, but the majority of Julie's Smile is shot in Chicago, and goddamn it if it doesn't FEEL like Chicago. Mattson captures the city well (The scene at The Exit feels like a southsiders version of Eyes Wide Shut). Julie's Smile is ambitious, and ultimately, overwhelmingly refreshing.

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