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

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Erick Zonca

Writers:

Roger Bohbot (adaptation), Michael Collins (adaptation) | 3 more credits »
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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

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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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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

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

[last lines]
Julia: Come on kid... i'm taking you to see your mother
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Connections

References Gloria (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Just One More Day
Written by Otis Redding (as O. Redding), Steve Cropper (as S. Cooper) and McElvoy Robinson (as McE. Robinson)
Performed by Otis Redding
Courtesy of Warner Music Group Company
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Woman on the edge
4 December 2011 | by paul2001sw-1See all my reviews

Eric Zonca directed the sublime 'The Dream Life of Angels', a beautiful story of female friendship and existential despair. 'Julia', his first film for 9 years, is equally powerful, but much less charming. Tilda Swinton is great as Julia, but her character is absolutely unlikeable; the plot, meanwhile, though harrowing, in places strains credibility, especially in its portrait of Mexico as a literal hell on earth. Yet Zonca's talent is also on display, and the story commands your attention in spite of its unpleasantness. The ending is ambiguous, potentially interpretable as redemptive, but not clearly so. I'm not sure this is a great film; I am sure I want to see more from this director.


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