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Julia (2008)

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

Director:

Erick Zonca

Writers:

Roger Bohbot (adaptation), Michael Collins (adaptation) | 3 more credits »
7 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Mauricio Moreno ... José
Gaston Peterson Gaston Peterson ... Miguel (as Gastón Peterson)
Kevin Kilner ... Johnny
John Bellucci John Bellucci ... Phillip
Ezra Buzzington ... George
Roger Cudney ... Frank
Eugene Byrd ... Leon
Sandro Kopp ... 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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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language, some violent content and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

France | USA | Mexico | Belgium

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

12 March 2008 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Apagogi horis antikrysma See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,524, 10 May 2009

Gross USA:

$65,108

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,333,241
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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

Tres Avisos
(J. Burns)
Performed by Calexico
Courtesy of Bug Music Inc
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Drunk...You Didn't Say That To Me Two Hours Ago When I First Walked In Here!
5 July 2009 | by druid333-2See all my reviews

I have been an admirer of Tilda Swinton,since I first saw her in some of Derek Jarman's films,and moving on to acting in some mighty toothsome film fare after Jarman's untimely death due to complications from AIDS. Not only can she take on some roles in what could be considered "difficult" films,but she can fake an American accent quite well. Erick Zonka ('The Dreamlife Of Angels',The Little Thief') directs & co writes the screenplay (with Aude Py)about a self destructive 40 something,full blown alcoholic party girl,named Julia who's party girl days should have been behind her years ago. When she is ordered to attend an AA meeting by one of her best friends (played by veteran Canadian actor,Saul Rubinek), she meets up with a psychologically disturbed woman named Elena (played to the max by Kate Del Castillo),who wants Julia to kidnap her eight year old son from her Grandfather. Julia,with nothing to lose (and equally nothing to gain)is at first reluctant to go along with this scheme,but eventually goes along for the ride. What transpires is a botched kidnapping that goes from bad to worse to truly unbearable. Toss in an unintended trip to Mexico,and watch the fire get turned up to full 10. Comparisons to John Cassavete's film, 'Gloria' will be noted. Rated 'R'by the MPAA,this film contains pervasive raunchy language (both in English & Spanish),adult content & nudity & graphic,bloody violence. Leave the kiddies home


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