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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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I'm very ambivalent about this film. Tilda Swinton is excellent in the part of Julia, an alcoholic woman who can't really make it from day to day. She has blackouts, goes home with a variety of men and finally hits a low point after being fired from her job. She is vulnerable and desperate enough to fall for a scheme to kidnap a woman's child. The woman wants her son back and meets Julia at an AA meeting. She promises a veritable fortune if Julia will find a way to get her son. Unfortunately, the mother disappears from the film as soon as the kidnapping takes place. At this point, Julia decides to pull off a ransom attempt,hoping to get some money from the kidnapping. As the film goes on, she goes from being a frightening figure to the boy (Tom) to a more nurturing woman. Meanwhile, the mother of the child has her face plastered all over the national news and is on the run.
Events aren't predictable for most of the film and it held my attention and was definitely suspenseful. Then came the ending. I'd have given this one a higher rating if that ending hadn't been so vague. I assumed that Julia was going to give Tom back to his grandfather, the rich relative with millions at his disposal, but this was not spelled out.Julia just walks away, holding Tom, promising him that she'd take him back to his "mother". This made the film disappointing on so many levels. Others may disagree. Perhaps the "message" was that Julia, a woman at loose ends, has found no answers to solve her problems and is resigned to giving Tom back to the authorities -and his loving grandfather- and then get turn herself in. Maybe she is never going to be able to make plans and have them succeed and her life will always go off track. But the interpretation is left to the viewer.