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Julia (2008)

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

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Julia
... Mitch
... Elena
... Tom
... Nick
... Diego
... Santos
Mauricio Moreno ... José
Gaston Peterson ... Miguel (as Gastón Peterson)
... Johnny
John Bellucci ... Phillip
... George
Roger Cudney ... Frank
... Leon
... 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 (163) »

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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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12 March 2008 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Apagogi horis antikrysma  »

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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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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

The motel scenes in which Julia holds Tom captive that are supposed to be set in California have non-American electrical outlets, revealing the scenes' Mexican location. 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

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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Intriguing, adventurous French film shot originally in English!
2 October 2010 | by See 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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