Being Julia (2004)
Critic Consensus: Annette Bening delivers a captivating performance in Being Julia, a sophisticated comedy that follows a 1930s stage diva who experiences an identity crisis at age 40.
In London in 1938, actress Julia Lambert is at her peak, physically and professionally, but her successful theatrical career and her marriage to handsome impresario Michael Gosselyn have become stale and unfulfilling. She longs for novelty, excitement, sparks. Enter Tom Fennell. A younger man who claims to be Julia's greatest fan. Finding his ardor irresistible, she decides that romance is the best antidote to a mid-life crisis and embarks on a passionate affair. Life becomes more daring and exciting, until Julia's young lover callously tries to relegate her to a supporting role. But on opening night, Julia reveals that she is a more formidable actress than anyone ever imagined. … More
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as Julia Lambert
as Michael Gosselyn
as Jimmy Langton
as Lord Charles
as Dolly de Vries
as Tom Fennel
as Avice Crichton
as Grace Dexter
as Walter Gibbs
as Archie Dexter
as Julia's Mother
as Aunt Carrie
as Curtain Call Boy
as Roger Gosselyn
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Critic Reviews for Being Julia
A beguiling romance about an aging actress at the peak of her career who embarks on an ill-advised, illicit affair with an admirer half her age.
(...) Bening recorre todas las emociones posibles, desde la euforia histérica hasta la más absoluta depresión.
Benning ... brings this constantly disguised vixen to ferocious, flamboyant life.
Audience Reviews for Being Julia
Annette Bening is excellent, but I couldn't really invest in the movie overall.
Pleasant evening watching this DVD. Annette Bening and Jeremy Irons are splendid. The costumes are wonderful. The weak link--and it's a pretty big crack because the whole story revolves around it--is that the story starts out with Julia saying she wants something new and different and then proceeds to revert to her younger self which is old hat. What she really wanted was to stop growing old. Then, in the end she discovers she doesn't mind being alone and growing old because she has other qualities. I guess the movie accomplished what it set out to do, but perhaps the whole theme is too nuanced for a movie. I definitely think the chemistry between Julia and her young paramour was ridiculously unbelievable.
This was okay. Not much of a story to it really, though. Wouldn't want to watch it again.
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