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Posted October 1, 2010
Being Julia was one of my favourite movies at a time (not an all time favourite but still). So I watched it a couple of times, and I think it is a good, solid movie with great performances. It is based on a Somerset Maugham story (The Theatre, I think) - I read that too, both are good.
It is about Julia (Anette Bening), a middle-aged theatre actress, a big star, who has made a very rational, sensible marriage with her director (Jeremy Irons) - the marriage actually is much better described in the book and explains a lot of things. She has a son, a friend and a maid who she can count on, she is famous, but she is unhappy, and afraid of aging. She starts an affair with a much younger man, only to realize that he uses her to get a part for his love (who is also the lover of Julia`s husband). Julia gets the girl a part (although she is totally without talent) and they play on stage together. The ending is hilarious, uplifting, justifying. In short, Julia shows how she got where she is now, what kind of strengh she possesses despite all sadness, and who her true friends are.
The acting is great. Anette Bening should have received an Oscar for this part, she WAS Julia.
Watch it, I think it is a good movie.
Posted March 13, 2009
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