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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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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,110, 23 October 2015
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

When Julia finds Tom unconscious in the desert, she gets out of the car and shouts Tom's name several times as she runs towards him. Listen carefully, and you'll hear Tilda Swinton calling out 'Tom' with her real life English accent instead of her character's American accent. See more »

Quotes

Julia: I wouldn't wipe my face with your ass
Santos: They'll be a day you regret saying that
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Shop Around
Written by Smokey Robinson (as W. Robinson) and Berry Gordy (as B. Gordy)
Performed by Sam Moore
Courtesy of Emi Music
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Tilda Swinton compelling wild mess
7 July 2014 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Julia (Tilda Swinton) is a hard partying angry drunk. She loses her real estate job despite the help of sponsor friend Mitch (Saul Rubinek). Mitch forces her to go to her A.A. meetings. Her fidgety neighbor Elena (Kate del Castillo) is also at the meeting. She tells her about a plan to kidnap her own son Tom from his grandfather. She begs Julia for help offering $50k. Julia decides to kidnap the boy on her own for a big payoff.

It's the first film I've seen from french writer/director Erick Zonca. He shows a lot of gritty realism. The most compelling aspect of this movie is Tilda Swinton. She's going all out as the half-dressed drunken mess. It starts off more of a character study. The characters are so hopeless that it seems more like keystone cops caper. After the kidnapping, the movie drags a little as clueless Julia tries to make the scheme work. The kid isn't compelling enough. The pace really needs to pick up. It does pick up later on but the 144 minutes running time is too long.


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