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A beautiful film
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written by Alicat April 21, 2006 - 8:47 AM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
This movie was wonderful. It's that simple. Annette Benning's performance was (to use a reviewer cliche')pitch perfect. I have never seen her in a role quite like this before - and the same for Jeremy Irons! He was actually a pretty nice guy who smiled a lot. Who knew he could smile? I see why she was nominated for the Oscar. She played a character who stayed true to herself and yet showed more range of emotion than I have ever seen. Just great. And the supporting cast was supurb led by Juliet Stevenson. See this, it will make you smile.

The Aging Actress Rides Again
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written by talltale March 23, 2005 - 7:41 AM PST
4 out of 4 members found this review helpful
Based on a Somerset Maugham novel, BEING JULIA is a pleasant enough diversion (one friend of mine called it "very civilized") about a famous British theatre star and her constellation of husband/manager, lovers, friends and son. Annette Bening gives a fine performance in the title role, allowing us to see the attractive and nasty sides of Julia (as well as the wrinkles and turkey neck of this aging woman). Bening captures beautifully the sense of growing desperation faced by a glamorous star as she ages; consequently, her falling head-over-heels for a callow young fan comes off as all too believable. The rest of the mostly extraordinary cast are better than the one-note roles they've been given, and director Istvan Szabo fills the screen with pretty sights and pretty sites. There's little to get excited about (except for Bening's performance) but even less that gives offence.

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