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Julia (2008)

Tilda Swinton , Erick Zonca  |  R |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tilda Swinton
  • Directors: Erick Zonca
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment - Mongrel Media
  • DVD Release Date: August 18, 2009
  • Run Time: 144 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00277Q2UQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,072 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Julia" on IMDb

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Academy Award®-winner Tilda Swinton plays Julia, an alcoholic who, between shots of vodka and one-night stands, gets by on nickel-and-dime jobs. Increasingly lonely, her alcohol-induced confusion daily reinforces her sense that life has dealt her a losing hand. Seeing a financial opportunity after encountering a woman estranged from her son, Julia throws herself into a criminal plot that escalates beyond anything she ever imagined.

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tilda Is Terrific! August 23, 2009
Format:DVD
If Tilda Swinton does not get an Oscar nomination for JULIA, there is no justice, because she delivers one of the most remarkable performances that I've ever seen. She is, indeed, one of the finest actresses of her generation.

Swinton plays an out-of-control alcoholic, subject to blackouts, who lies constantly. Nothing that ever comes out of her mouth is the truth.

Desperately needing money, she devises a not-to-well-thought-out plot to kidnap the 8-year-old grandson of an ultra wealthy gent whose estranged, emotionally disturbed mother she met at an AA gathering.

Swinton has no intention of turning the kid over to his mother, but plans to ransom him to the grandfather for two million dollars. Unfortunately for her, Grandpa soon learns her identity and she is forced to flee to Mexico with the boy, who is soon taken from her by some professional kidnappers. Now, Swinton, who has actually become fond of the child, will do everything in her power to get him back.

Erick Zonca directed this riveting thriller, released onto DVD by Magnolia Home Entertainment.

© Michael B Druxman
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow. August 22, 2009
By W.Kim
Format:DVD
Tilda Swinton easily carries "Julia," with a tour-de-force performance as an out of control alcoholic that gets way, way in over her head when she agrees to get involved in a hair-brained kidnapping scheme, one that goes very badly awry. For charting the lead character's mad trajectory, the director, Erick Zonka, received a well deserved nomination for a best director, at Berlin and Swinton was nominated for the best actress Caesar, for her performance in this film. Inspired by Cassevette's "Gloria," and definitely worth your time.
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59 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tilda Swinton's career best -so far August 3, 2009
Format:DVD
Wow. This is a dazzling performance in an unusual, disturbing and unforgettable film. I was fortunate to see this at a brief theatrical run in San Francisco. I haven't seen the disc but I'll update this review when I do.
Usually, I get the feeling that Ms. Swinton says "I'll do anything!" but that the people who make her films think she'll do EVERYTHING and show up without the ideas, structure or stamina to support her wild excursions into darkness and beyond. This film gives her a meaty role in a difficult story and gives it room to grow. The film is kind of a long shaggy dog story, rather like John Cassavetes directing a Sam Peckinpah film.
This JULIA is a nasty, promiscuous, unemployable black out alcoholic who ends up talked into a kidnapping scheme by the crazy unfit mother who lives in her building. If you think this might be your sort of film, be aware- she doesn't become a saint- or even much nicer- over the playing time. When most American films would be wrapping up, JULIA explodes into a new location, country, style and multiplies in ferocity and violence. Instead of softening into redemption, our heroine meets characters even nastier than she is and is forced to up the stakes.
This is the best female performance I've seen since Mimi Rogers in THE RAPTURE. I haven't been able to stop thinking about it. I can't wait to see it again.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Blazing Tour de Force for Tilda Swinton August 26, 2009
Format:DVD
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.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars El Fin de Semana Perdido October 24, 2009
By Hikari
Format:DVD
That's "The Lost Weekend" to gringos, and what a weekend (give or take) it is! Tilda Swinton is a force of nature in this 'Cassavetes-inspired' gritty road drama about an incorrigible alcoholic who kidnaps an acquaintance's child and goes on the lam to Mexico, intending to extort a huge ransom out of the boy's wealthy industrialist grandfather. Swinton is uncomfortably brilliant as Julia, an out-of-control addict who will lie, cheat, steal and sleep with anyone she has to to get a fix or get cash, since her addiction has left her too erratic to hold on to a job. Swinton is by turns shocking, repulsive, heartbreaking and winsome in her portrayal of a lost woman whose life came unravelled at the seams years ago, and all she's capable of truly caring about now is where she's going to score her next drink. Swinton has a face that is fluidly changeable before the camera, so that she can appear as a wrecked angel one moment and a raging demon the next. Here she's so good at playing a trashy, low-class addict, one marvels that this is the same actress who gave us the icily regal Winter Witch in "Chronicles of Narnia" or the polished high-octane career women of "Adaptation" or "Michael Clayton". Like Cate Blanchett, Swinton possesses striking, unconventional looks and coloring that she harnesses to create a breathtaking range of characters. My admiration for her is boundless. I can't, however, rate the movie she's in as highly as I do her performance--this is a meandering mess of a movie that reflects the meandering mess that is Julia's life and psyche, but it would have benefitted greatly from a tighter script and more self-disciplined editing decisions. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars The dvd arrived in excellent condition and I would consider reordering...
This was a very dark and disturbing movie. Tilda Swinton shows why she is one of the most talented actress around. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jess Castillo
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my very favorite movies!! Tilda Swinton will blow you away!
This movie is spectacular!! Tilda Swinton should've definitely won an Academy award for her role in this, in my own opinion. Read more
Published 2 months ago by TD
2.0 out of 5 stars For Tilda Swinton Fans Only
Julia is a ridiculously overlong movie for its subject matter - at almost 2 1/2 hours the movie could have easily lost 45-60 minutes without suffering at all. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Harry O
5.0 out of 5 stars Oscar worthy performance by Tilda Swinton...
...but nobody gets an oscar for portraying a drunk. The real award for Swinton's performance is in convincing real alcoholics to seek recovery, before things get "that bad". Read more
Published 15 months ago by Black Cat Firecracker
5.0 out of 5 stars It Made Itself
A chase that starts as a character piece that ends as a character piece with the chase as the character- she has no center, Julia, she is the no center of character..... Read more
Published 15 months ago by stevenj
4.0 out of 5 stars Tilda Swinton is amazing.
This is one of my favorite Swinton films, in addition to we've got to talk about Kevin, another great movie. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Julia A.
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting film making! A+
This was by far one of the most riveting films I have seen in 20 years. Mind you I didn't even know who Tilda Swinton was. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Quadro Sinead Summer
5.0 out of 5 stars Tilda Swinton is just phenomenal!!!
I absolutely liked Julia.... It's intense, thrilling and captivating. Tilda Swinton just immersed herself and a truly Oscar-caliber performance. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Opaque
5.0 out of 5 stars Tilda oudoes herself
There were times I laughed aloud with delight on how well Tilda played a broken down, muddle headed felon. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Lynn Foxx
3.0 out of 5 stars Sorta long
I am a big fan of Tilda Swinton and she is excellent in this but the storyline gets a bit convoluted. I give the star three stars.
Published 19 months ago by Michael
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