Being Julia


Being Julia

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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.



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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.


Annette Bening
as Julia Lambert
Jeremy Irons
as Michael Gosselyn
Michael Gambon
as Jimmy Langton
Bruce Greenwood
as Lord Charles
Miriam Margolyes
as Dolly de Vries
Shaun Evans
as Tom Fennel
Sheila McCarthy
as Grace Dexter
Lucy Punch
as Avice Crichton
Maury Chaykin
as Walter Gibbs
Leigh Lawson
as Archie Dexter
Rosemary Harris
as Julia's Mother
Rita Tushingham
as Aunt Carrie
Max Irons
as Curtain Call Boy
Tom Sturridge
as Roger Gosselyn
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Audience Reviews for Being Julia

  • 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="" target="_blank"><img src="" 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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