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MPAA Rating: R-Rating (MPAA) for pervasive language, some violent content and brief nudity.
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Primary Audience:
Thriller, Crime, Drama
2 hr. 24 min.
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USA Release:
May 8, 2009
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Featuring: Tilda Swinton as Julia, Saul Rubinek, Kate del Castillo, Aidan Gould, Jude Ciccolella, Bruno Bichir, Horacio Garcia Rojas, Kevin Kilner, John Bellucci, Ezra Buzzington, Roger Cudney, Eugene Byrd, Neko Parham, Sally Berman, Joe Cucuiat, Carl Dillard, Dave Gist, Priscilla Leona Horne, M.J. Karmi, Jake Koenig, Camille Natta, Tom Poole, Ian Ray, Marshal Silverman, Ursula Tania, Tania Verafield
Director: Erick Zonca
Producer: Les Productions Bagheera, Le Bureau, The 7th Floor, France 3 Cinéma, Jaibol Films, Motion Investment Group, Studio Canal, Allen Bain, Jeremy Burdek, Bertrand Faivre, Cathy Gesualdo, Nadia Khamlichi, François Marquis, Adrian Politowski, Jesse Scolaro, Sandra Solares
Distributor: Magnolia Pictures

Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “A woman (Swinton) tries to extort money, using a young boy as bait.

Julia, 40, is an alcoholic. She is a manipulative, unreliable, compulsive liar, all strung out beneath her still flamboyant exterior. Between shots of vodka and one-night stands, Julia gets by on nickel-and-dime jobs. Increasingly lonely, the only consideration she receives comes from her friend Mitch, who tries to help her. But she shrugs him off, as her alcohol-induced confusion daily reinforces her sense that life has dealt her a losing hand and that she is not to blame for the mess she has made of it.

Glimpsing imminent perdition, and after a chance encounter with Elena, a Mexican woman, Julia convinces herself—as much in panic and despair as for financial gain—to commit a violent act.

As the story unfolds, Julia’s journey becomes a headlong flight on a collision course, but somehow she makes the choice of life over death.

Note: 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.”

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Movie Critics
…“Julia” can’t be called anything but an endurance test—but that, perversely, is part of its unexpected charm. …
Matt Prigge, Philadelphia Weekly
…Unbearable to watch, impossible to evade… a perverse blend of sadism (the director’s, Julia’s) and masochism (ours, Julia’s). But Ms. Swinton demands to be seen even when her character is on a self-annihilating bender so real that you can almost smell the stink rising off her. So I sat in my seat, cursed the screen and was grateful to watch an actress at the height of her expressive power claw toward greatness. …
Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
…miscalculated and overlong “Julia” proves a startling misfire for “The Dreamlife of Angels” writer-helmer Erick Zonca and dependably fearless actress Tilda Swinton. Stateside chances are negligible for this English-language, Los Angeles-set pic… that uncomfortably welds an arthouse sensibility to genre tropes. …
Eddie Cockrell, Variety