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Tilda Swinton stars in director Erick Zonca's drama about a 40-year-old alcoholic who, in a rare moment of sobriety, sees where her life is headed and makes one last-ditch attempt to steer herself away from the disastrous path that she has been locked on for as far back as she can remember. Julia may be manipulative, notoriously untrustworthy, and completely incapable of uttering any word that isn't an outright lie, but somehow -- perhaps due to sheer charisma -- this statuesque deceiver has always managed to get...
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Tilda Swinton stars in director Erick Zonca's drama about a 40-year-old alcoholic who, in a rare moment of sobriety, sees where her life is headed and makes one last-ditch attempt to steer herself away from the disastrous path that she has been locked on for as far back as she can remember. Julia may be manipulative, notoriously untrustworthy, and completely incapable of uttering any word that isn't an outright lie, but somehow -- perhaps due to sheer charisma -- this statuesque deceiver has always managed to get by. But Julia has been hardened by too many vodkas and too many one-night stands, and lately the lonely life of drifting from job to job in her 1979 Chrysler New Yorker has left her wanting something more. While her old boyfriend Mitch occasionally tries to break through Julia's haze, lately she has surrendered herself to the fact that she is simply one of life's losers. As her finances begin to run short and panic begins to set in, a desperate Julia turns to crime but is forced to go on the run with a young boy named Tom after her plan falls hopelessly apart.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Deleted Scenes
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Like John Cassavetes' Gloria, Erick Zonca's Julia is an uncompromising character study of a tough-as-nails lady who wants to protect a boy from an unforgiving world full of people who want nothing more than to exploit him. The difference between the two films is that where she was a cop before, now she's a self-destructive alcoholic. We meet Julia Tilda Swinton at a party where she knocks back drink after drink with the gusto of a frat boy, and flirts with almost any man that comes into her path -- something she does with such ease that it's obvious she's spent many nights doing this. After waking up half-dressed the next morning, in a car next to a man she met that night, she arrives late for her job, which she promptly loses. Her AA sponsor, Mitch Saul Rubinek, tries to sweet-talk the boss into letting her keep her job, but when his efforts fail he gives her some tough love -- threatening to stop talking to Julia if she doesn't get her act together. This does nothing to persuade her, but the pleadings of Elena Kate del Castillo, one of her fellow twelve-steppers, does penetrate her self-destructive shell. It turns out the high-strung Elena wants to kidnap her son from her ex, who plans to send the boy to live with grandparents, and asks for Julia's help. Although Julia eventually agrees, her plan all along is to double-cross Elena and ransom the boy back to the wealthy grandfather. Of course, being a severe alcoholic, it's no surprise that her plan quickly spirals out of control, and Julia finds herself in Mexico dealing with yet another set of kidnappers, as well as realizing that this frightened boy might be the first person other than herself that she's cared about in a very long time. Considering Tilda Swinton's distinctive appearance -- her strikingly pale complexion, red hair, and her precise enunciation -- it's all the more remarkable that she's become one of the most versatile actresses around. But -- coming on the heels of her Oscar-winning turn as a bloodless corporate PR executive in Michael Clayton, her frightening portrayal of the White Witch in the first Narnia film, and her embodiment of repressed yearning as Benjamin Button's first lover -- her work here hammers home the breadth of her range. Zonca's movie runs a little long, clocking in at two hours and 20 minutes, but he gets away with it in large part because he relies so heavily on his leading lady. Swinton is in just about every scene of the movie, and her behavior manages to be thoroughly unpredictable yet still plausible -- she seems like a real person teetering on the edge of losing it altogether, but still capable of being the kind of bad-ass that's able to stare down hardened criminals. It's a riveting portrayal that helps keep us involved in the film's twin interests: Julia's psychology, and the complicated jumble of disloyalty, double-crosses, and hidden motivations that drive the kidnapping story. Like Cassavetes' Gloria, Julia might not be a great crime movie, but as a look inside the mind of a deeply complicated character, it never fails to fascinate.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/18/2009
  • UPC: 876964002141
  • Original Release: 2008
  • Rating:

  • Source: Magnolia
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 2:24:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 52,690

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tilda Swinton Julia
Aidan Gould Tom
Saul Rubinek Mitch
Kate del Castillo Elena
Jude Ciccolella Nick
Bruno Bichir Diego
Horacio Garciá Rojas Santos
Technical Credits
Erick Zonca Director, Screenwriter
Allen Bain Co-producer
Alvaro Curiel Asst. Director
Bertrand Faivre Producer
Carrie Fix Executive Producer
Thomas Gauder Sound Mixer
Phillipe Kotlarsky Editor
Françoise-Renaud Labarthe Production Designer
Heidi Levitt Casting
Elise Luguern Score Composer
Francois Marquis Producer
Pierre Mertens Sound/Sound Designer
April Napier Costumes/Costume Designer
Jean-Jacques Neira Co-producer
Aude Py Screenwriter
Yorick Le Saux Cinematographer
Jesse Scolaro Co-producer
Sandra Solares Co-producer
Manuel Teil Casting
Hubert Toint Co-producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Julia
1. Bar [6:29]
2. Family Problems [6:12]
3. Come On Julia [7:13]
4. Mitch [7:36]
5. I'll Do It [9:05]
7. Tommy [5:14]
8. Motel [10:19]
9. Child Missing [8:09]
10. I see You [7:57]
11. Station [5:50]
12. Mexico [10:14]
13. Tijuana [4:37]
14. Fiesta [:34]
15. Diego [8:06]
16. The Money [10:07]
17. Scam [4:23]
18. Airport [10:55]
19. I'm Julia Harris [7:47]
20. End Credits [6:03]
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Disc #1 -- Julia
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   Special Features
      Deleted Scenes
      Julia Trailer
      Also From Magnolia Home Entertainment
   Set Up
         5.1 Dolby Digital
         2.0 Dolby Digital
         Subtitles: Off
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A Blazing Tour de Force for Tilda Swinton

    JULIA is one of those films that goes beyond being a story and production worth the viewers' attention: this is one of those experiences in observing the art of acting at its peak. Tilda Swinton who continues to explore roles that challenge her and her audience, roles that few other actresses would considering making let alone making, and in JULIA she covers a range of emotions and mutations of a character that simply leave the audience in complete awe of her talent. She is extraordinary!

    Julia is a bright but flawed person. She is an alcoholic who spends her nights drinking herself into oblivion only to wake up the next morning not recognizing her bed partner or the surroundings of her comatosed night of stupor. Swinton makes us understand this character's 'way with men' in her grossly revealing clothes and her flirtations backed by a mouth of filth. Julia loses her job over her drunken tardiness and has ruined a 'relationship' with ex-alcoholic Mitch (Saul Rubinek) and finally goes to an AA meeting where she meets Elena (Kate Del Castillo), a pathetic recovering alcoholic whose only goal in life is to retrieve her son Tom (Aidan Gould) from his wealthy disapproving grandfather. Julia is so desperate for money that she buys into a bizarre 'kidnapping' of Tom for Elena, a decision that triggers all of the rest of the film's journey through crime and sleaze as Julia fails at every effort to 'play the game' of criminal to make a fortune. Traveling from Los Angeles through the desert to Mexico, along the way Julia encounters 'co-facilitators' in her new life of crime - portrayed by such fine actors as Bruno Bichir (Demian Bichir's brother), a new and fine young actor Horacio Garcia Rojas, and Eugene Byrd to name only a few of the standout performances. Though a bit overlong at 2 1/2 hours, the script by Michael Collins and Camille Natta is spot on perfect and the direction by Erick Zonca makes the long film always richly colored and fascinating in attention to detail.

    But the real reason to watch this film in the astonishing, multifaceted performance by Tilda Swinton, surely one of the finest actresses before us today. Her Julia creates a new level of acting standard- even for Swinton! Grady Harp

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