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"Your only reality is the theatre",
This review is from: Being Julia [DVD]   (DVD)
"Being Julia" is a very good movie (maybe 4 stars?), that somewhat ends up being absolutely wonderful in the last ten minutes, and thus deserves to be given 5 stars.
Julia Lambert (an spectacular Annette Bening), the main character, is a very successful and temperamental actress who is bored out of her mind with her routine. Julia has money and fame, but she wants a holiday from the theatre and her husband Michael Gosselyn (Jeremy Irons), who is at the same her manager. However, all her boredom vanishes quickly when she plunges into an affair with an attractive young American, Tom Fennel (Shaun Evans). She is 45 and he is in his twenties, but they have an exhilarating affair, for a while.
Unfortunately, there are lots of beautiful young actresses in 1930's London, and Tom meets one of them, Avice Crichton (Lucy Punch). Avice is an ambitious young actress, and manages to get a part in Julia's new play thanks to the intervention of a lovesick Tom. But will Julia let bygones be bygones in her relationship with Tom, or will she take revenge in her turf when Avice goes to far in her quest for stardom?. Watch "Being Julia", and enjoy the show :)
Of course, there is much more to this film that what I have told you, but that is the gist of the plot. Other secondary characters that bring even more life to "Being Julia" are Julia's son, Roger (Tom Sturridge), her personal maid Evie (Juliet Stevenson), and her friend, Lord Charles (Bruce Greenwood). But probably the most important secondary character is Jimmie Langton (Michael Gambon), Julia's erstwhile mentor, who happens to be dead but nonetheless peppers the movie with his advice to Julia. His opinion was, and continues to be, of the utmost importance to Julia. Jimmie was, after all, the one who told her that "Your only reality is the theatre".
All in all, I can sincerely say that I found this movie delightful, and that I'll keep an open eye for future films by its director, Istvan Szabo. If you can, rent or buy "Being Julia", and keep your remote control close to you. I bet that you will watch the ending of this movie more than a few times :)