Julia is 40 and an alcoholic. She is manipulative, unreliable and a notorious liar – but in spite of everything else, she is still an imposing presence. A woman for whom a well-preserved 1979 Chrysler New Yorker is just the right vehicle. In between the many vodkas and occasional one-night-stands, Julia manages to scrape together a living by doing one low-paid job after another. But life is getting lonelier and lonelier. The only person who still shows her any affection and would like to help her is her old boyfriend Mitch. But Julia ignores his efforts. Her daily dose of alcohol only serves to strengthen her conviction that she is one of life’s losers and that she is not responsible for the chaos she has made of hers so far. But then, in one of her soberer moments, she catches a glimpse of the dark and slippery road ahead. In panic and desperation but also driven by financial necessity she turns to crime as a way out. But nothing goes as planned and she is forced to go on the run. Inspired by John Cassavetes’ film Gloria, Erick Zonca tells the story of a no-less fabulous moll in a thrilling road movie that takes Julia and little Tom all the way down to Mexico.
Erick Zonca (born September 10, 1956, in Orléans, France) is a French film director, best known for his critically acclaimed, award-winning 1998 feature film debut The Dreamlife of Angels. The film won the Best Actress award at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival. His first films were the shorts Rives (1992), Eternelles (1995), and Seule (1997). Zonca’s second feature was Le Petit Voleur (The Little Thief) (1999). His most recent, Julia (2008), based on John Cassavetes’ 1980 movie Gloria, starred Tilda Swinton and was shot in California and Mexico. —Wikipedia
Logical descent into a tightening spiral of paranoia and desperation edged by a subtle sense of maternalism. Swinton plays an ace in a role that should attract little sympathy but she manages to lace it with well judged and thought-through emotion. It's overlong but has a fascinating underbelly rooted in the blackest of farces.
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