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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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Erick Zonca

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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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language, some violent content and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Details

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

Gross USA:

$65,108

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,333,241
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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

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

[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

When something is wrong with my baby
Written by Isaac Hayes (as I. Hayes) and David Porter (as D. Porter)
Performed by Sam Moore
Courtesy of Miramax Films
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Brave
15 July 2008 | by kosmaspSee all my reviews

Not only Tilda S. for taking on this role, but especially her. She goes all out for this role and I'd even go so far saying, that her performance is worthy a "Daniel Day Lewis" award (that's a joke, but I hope you get my point).

While I really loved her character at the beginning, it began to tumble and went kinda downwards from a certain point of the movie. Which all comes down to the really unlikeable "Julia" (main character). The problem is that not only couldn't I identify with her, from a certain point onwards I despise her. That also comes down to some of her choices, which I won't go into, because that would be spoiling the story.

Apart from Tilda, you have a few other great actors in this too. But as good as they are, they never overshadow the failings of the main character. Of course this was meant to be that way, but I couldn't like the movie as much as I'd love to, just for this simple fact.


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