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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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money | boy | woman | meeting | neighbor | See All (164) »

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

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

Referenced in Teen Wolf: The Tell (2011) 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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Intriguing, adventurous French film shot originally in English!
2 October 2010 | by LeonardOsborneKaelSee all my reviews

"JULIA" is a rare example of a movie created IN English by a French director - and Erick Zonca is truly one of the finest directors around these days. He's only made 6 films and all of them have won or been nominated for major awards. Sadly overlooked by American audiences, "JULIA" is a beautifully crafted mystery-suspense drama that serves as a wonderful setting for the amazing Tilda Swinton to present one of the most resonant motion picture performances of recent years. It's an in-depth "lead" and, at the same time, "character" role and her performance is truly unforgettable. As we have come to expect from Mr. Zonca, this is a beautifully crafted yet spontaneous work. It is a living, breathing, thoughtful film experience that will stay with you for a long time.


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