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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. Read critic reviews

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Julia Lambert (Annette Bening) is a popular but aging stage actress who is losing passion for her career. Her husband and director, Michael Gosselyn (Jeremy Irons), introduces her to a young American actor, Tom (Shaun Evans), who professes admiration for her. Julia and Tom start an affair, but soon she realizes that Tom is just using her to advance his own career and that of his other girlfriend, actress Avice Crichton (Lucy Punch). Julia befriends Avice, all the while plotting her revenge.

Cast & Crew

Annette Bening
Julia Lambert
Jeremy Irons
Michael Gosselyn
Bruce Greenwood
Lord Charles
Miriam Margolyes
Dolly de Vries
Maury Chaykin
Walter Gibbs
Sheila McCarthy
Grace Dexter
Michael Gambon
Jimmie Langton
Leigh Lawson
Archie Dexter
Rosemary Harris
Julia's Mother
Tom Sturridge
Roger Gosselyn
Julian Richings
Mr. Turnbull
István Szabó
Director
Marion Pilowsky
Executive Producer
Mychael Danna
Original Music
Lajos Koltai
Cinematographer
Susan Shipton
Film Editor
Luciana Arrighi
Production Design
Paul Ghirardani
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  • Apr 14, 2014
    Annette Bening is excellent, but I couldn't really invest in the movie overall.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer
  • Jan 18, 2013
    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.
    Bathsheba M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 26, 2009
    <a href="http://tinypic.com" target="_blank"><img src="http://i32.tinypic.com/27yrew0.jpg" border="0" alt="Image and video hosting by TinyPic"></a> for some sexuality. Being Julia" was a delightful story about theatrical life, manipulation, love and revenge. Annette Bening was adorable in the role of Julia, a veteran actress that shines on stage. She fell in love with a guy younger then her, he used her, and she swore revenge. The end was wonderful and that made a difference. The music was also very beautiful and as always I love the acting of Jeremy Irons. Beautiful movie.
    Daisy M Super Reviewer
  • May 28, 2008
    Annete Bening has never been more amazing and more controlling. Loved her performance in this.
    Sunil J Super Reviewer

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