Julia (15)

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Tue Dec 2 2008

In John Cassavetes’s 1980 film ‘Gloria’, mobster moll Gena Rowlands finds her maternal side while on the run with an uppity Latin boy who survives his parents’ murder. Art-house French director Erick (‘The Dreamlife of Angels’) Zonca’s first film in a decade (and first in English) plays out a similar scenario – and variations on it – in ‘Julia’. Here, cash-strapped, sacked LA executive and self-destructive barfly Julia (Tilda Swinton) similarly embarks on a danger-filled arc of flight and self-discovery, as she finds herself in charge of another little tyke: millionaire’s son Tom (Aidan Gould) as the unintended result of a seriously misguided and disastrously botched kidnapping scam.

Just as Rowlands’s performance anchored ‘Gloria’, Swinton’s provides the central fascination of ‘Julia’, although her twitchier turn in this overly long ’Scope movie won’t recommend itself to those who like their thrillers delivered straight. There are other worries, too: Zonca’s free-wheeling, somewhat distanced approach makes you wonder, initially, whether he may be sacrificing too many of the logical genre requirements in a forlorn search for some frenetic, existential mood-piece or, perhaps, a psychologically probing character study.

Thankfully, though, as the film drives to its conclusion, the director’s risky tightrope walk between observation, black comedy and thrills starts to pay greater and greater dividends. Admittedly, there’s still a credibility gap as Julia’s escalating predicament and the conflicting prompts of personal fear and moral duty force her to sober up and bolt for the border, pursued by Latin heavies even more crazed than those in Welles’s ‘Touch of Evil’. But, finally, it’s the slow burn of Swinton’s idiosyncratic but engrossing  interpretation of this unlikely heroine that holds the movie together and provides an end result that is both affecting and teasingly different.
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15

UK release:

Fri Dec 5, 2008

Duration:

144 mins

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adam.

I personally love this film with supposed me as it is a bit soppy in parts yet is is violent in parts. The whole film to me is brilliant and worth a watch it is long but for some of you will wish it was longer and some will wish it was shorter I think longer. The acting is brilliant, the story is crazy but good, and has some twists that you wouldn’t see coming.

adam.

I personally love this film with supposed me as it is a bit soppy in parts yet is is violent in parts. The whole film to me is brilliant and worth a watch it is long but for some of you will wish it was longer and some will wish it was shorter I think longer. The acting is brilliant, the story is crazy but good, and has some twists that you wouldn’t see coming.

dan

Slow burner but well worth it.......give it time and you will be well rewarded. Stunning

dan

Slow burner but well worth it.......give it time and you will be well rewarded. Stunning

Sutton

A tedious movie that dragged on for an eternity. Don't waste your money or time, you will get neither back. The plot was weak, difficult to have sympathy for the characters and way too long. You have been politely forewarned.