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Critic Reviews for Julia
Charles Bukowski would have loved this foul-mouthed, fiery, reckless woman. Against all odds and common sense, you will, too.
In a sense, it goes to all the places a sensitive character study might have gone, but more dramatically, convincingly and vividly.
This is Zonca's second feature. His first, The Dreamlife of Angels, was extraordinary. Rent that one instead.
Audience Reviews for Julia
Excellent performances buoy this seat-of-your-pants day-in-the-life of an lying, manipulative, alcoholic never was almost at the end of the line and fully aware of it. The story, though, like a drunk at the end of the night, does some mindless veering around ...
This film is put out by Magnolia Home Ent. Julia is an alcoholic who meets a women who lives across from her that want's Julia to kidnap her son from his grandfather for $50,000 dollars. Julia does everything wrong. After winding up in Mexico, the child she kidnaps is kidnap by Mexicans mean while 2 million dollars is on the way to the airport. In the end what does Julia end up with, if I tell you that it wouldn't be worth watching. A good one to see at home by yourself cause 7 out of 10 people would not enjoy it. 3 stars
What a performance! Tilda Swinton really "knocks it out of the park" here as the tragic Julia. I wish I could say that alcoholism was her only problem, but by the end of this film I was convinced that her "issues" ran much deeper and that and that the booze was just her way of "self medicating". In any case it is a highly engaging look at what desperate people will do to avoid (the sometimes brutal reality of) life. It does (at times) feel a bit over the top, but when you consider the fact that there are actually people out there living life in this manner... I kept reminding myself that,what is "crazy" to us is simply someone elses reality.
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