Thursday, August 20, 2009

Under 250: Julia


Julia is a sprawling, twisted tale of intrigue and alcoholism starring the one and only Tilda Swinton in a remarkably transcendent performance. Swinton plays the titular character, a morally decrepit woman who drifts from night to night under the influence and who finds herself wrapped up in a kidnapping and extortion scheme proposed by her desperate neighbor (Kate del Castillo). Hungover one morning, Julia goes for it, and winds up dragging a young boy (Aidan Gould) on a perilous trip of uncertainty. The story progresses with a believably boozy logic, jumping with the illogical progression and dangerous recklessness of someone with nothing much to lose. French director Erick Zonca does a wonderful job helming this smartly paced narrative, and seems to have a knack for slipping characters into environments and situations that feel nothing if not natural. Julia is an engrossing film that dazzles even as it appalls, and is the perfect point of argument for proving that Swinton is being underused (to the extreme) in her high-profile Hollywood roles. This is a little film with an epic scope, and one that's accessible and accolade worthy. I have no idea why it didn't receive a wide theatrical release. Seriously. I could rave for hours about Tilda Swinton's iconoclastic acting skills and how much i basically adore her, but i suggest you watch for yourself.

5 out of 5.

Julia, dir. Erick Zonca, stars: Tilda Swinton, Saul Rubinek, Kate del Castillo, Aidan Gould, rated R, Running Time: 144 min.

1 comment:

  1. I MUST watch this.I've never even heard of it, which is kinda sad. I adore Tilda, and this review has me intrigued!

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