Tilda Swinton, Julia

(Ivonne Venegas)



Starring: Tilda Swinton; Director: Erick Zonca; Author: Michael Collins; Runtime (in minutes): 138; MPAA Rating: R

This overlong, lurchy homage to John Cassavetes’ 1980 film Gloria is a mess, but a fascinating one, given Swinton’s desperately avid performance in the title role. The star flings herself into the skin of a wild alcoholic in L.A. who kidnaps a kid (Aidan Gould) for ransom and winds up in Mexico — there’s a splashy scene when she crashes her car through to Tijuana. Nothing coheres in Erick Zonca’s movie, Julia, only his second since his striking 1998 debut, The Dreamlife of ?Angels; halfway through, Julia becomes a competent, rather than pass-out, drunk. But just try to take your eyes off her. B?

Originally posted May 8 2009 — 12:00 AM EDT

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