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A nightmare odyssey of a lost soul
on 10 October 2014
Tilda Swinton gives a tour de force performance as Julia Harris, a dysfunctional alcoholic living in southern California whose selfish life appears to be painfully disintegrating. She is living on the edge, jobless and in desperate need of money. While attending an AA meeting she is approached by an unstable woman who convinces her to kidnap her estranged eight year old son from his wealthy grandfather. Julia is an unlikeable character who is totally out of her depth and treats the terrified child with disturbing indifference. Unsurprisingly, things don't go as planned. She is forced to flee to Mexico with the boy and in Tijuana is presented with stark choices. This is an exhilarating film. The storytelling is unsentimental and raw, which at times makes uncomfortable viewing, but it is a film that keeps your attention until the very last scene.