May 8th 2009
  • Drama/Thriller,
  • R,
  • 137 min,
  • Magnolia Pictures
  • Cast: Tilda Swinton, Saul Rubinek, Kate del Castillo, Aidan Gould, Jude Ciccolella, Bruno Bichir, Horacio Garcia Rojas, Kevin Kilner, John Bellucci, Ezra Buzzington, Roger Cudney, Eugene Byrd, Neko Parham, Carl Dillard, Camille Natta, Tom Poole
  • Director: Erick Zonca
  • Writers: Michael Collins, Camille Natta, Aude Py, Erick Zonca
  • Producers: Bertrand Faivre, François Marquis
  • Co Producers: Allen Bain, Jesse Scolaro, Sandra Solares
  • Executive Producers: Jeremy Burdek, Nadia Khamlichi, Adrian Politowski
  • Art Direction: Carlos Y. Jaques
  • Castings: Lisa Essary, Heidi Levitt, Manuel Teil
  • Costume Design: April Napier
  • D.O.P.: Yorick Le Saux
  • Editor: Philippe Kotlarski
  • Musics: Pollard Berrier, Darius Keeler
  • Production Design: François-Renaud Labarthe
  • Set Decoration: Dorit Hurst


In California, an alcoholic woman named Julia (Tilda Swinton) is out of control, partying every evening, and waking up in unknown homes with no memory of the previous night. Due to her reckless demeanour, she loses her job and begins losing money.

She soon meets a mother Elena (Kate del Castillo) at an AA meeting. Elena takes Julia into her apartment after she finds her passed out on the pavement one night. The following morning Elena explains that she wants to kidnap her son Tom (Aidan Gould) from his wealthy grandfather and asks Julia to participate for $50,000. Julia declines the idea, though after some time she decides to do it for her.

She visits an old friend to make her own deal and asks for his cooperation, but her offer is refused. She rides to the Mexican border, kidnaps the little boy and blackmails Elena's father in law for 2 million dollars. The police discover her whereabouts and she flees, accidentally crashing her car through the wall dividing United States and Mexico.

There, the boy is kidnapped in turn by Mexican kidnappers. Her friend, Mitch (Saul Rubinek), arrives in Mexico and gives Julia the ransom money. During the exchange, the Mexican kidnappers escape with the money, leaving the boy safely with Julia. Julia returns to hand the boy over to his mother, and to face the law.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: Los Angeles, USA; Mexico
  • MPAA Warning: Pervasive language, some violent content and brief nudity
  • Production Budget: $6 million
  • Production Companies: Les Productions Bagheera, Le Bureau, The 7th Floor, France 3 Cinéma, Jaibol Films, Motion Investment Group, Studio Canal+

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In real life, Tilda Swinton, who plays an alcoholic in the film, cannot drink. She says she would fall asleep after having just one glass.

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 12 March 2008: France
  • 7 May 2008: Belgium
  • 19 June 2008: Germany
  • 19 August 2008: India
  • 14 August 2008: Netherlands
  • 21 August 2008: Kuwait
  • 5 December 2008: UK
  • 27 February 2009: Spain
  • 19 March 2009: Portugal
  • 16 April 2009: South Korea