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Julia and Julia (1987)

Giulia e Giulia (original title)
Julia, an American woman living in Italy, becomes depressed and traumatized after her husband Paolo is killed in a car accident on their wedding day. Six years later, Julia inexplicably ... See full summary »

Director:

Peter Del Monte

Writers:

Peter Del Monte (screenplay and dialogue), Silvia Napolitano (screenplay and dialogue) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kathleen Turner ... Giulia
Gabriele Ferzetti ... Padre di Paolo
Gabriel Byrne ... Paolo
Angela Goodwin Angela Goodwin ... Madre di Paolo
Sting ... Daniel
Lidia Broccolino Lidia Broccolino ... Carla
Norman Mozzato Norman Mozzato ... Luigi
Yorgo Voyagis ... Goffredo
Mirella Falco Mirella Falco ... Una donna
Alexander Van Wyk Alexander Van Wyk ... Marco
Francesca Muzio Francesca Muzio ... Sara
John Steiner ... Alex
Bruno Cappelletti Bruno Cappelletti ... Un operaio
Maurizio Tabani Maurizio Tabani ... Il barman
Renato Scarpa ... Il commissario
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Storyline

Julia, an American woman living in Italy, becomes depressed and traumatized after her husband Paolo is killed in a car accident on their wedding day. Six years later, Julia inexplicably finds herself sliding in time between two different worlds, where in one she is still struggling with her grief over Paolo's death, and in the other she is married to Paolo. In the latter time-line, Paolo is alive and well with their five year old son, and Julia is having an affair with a British gentleman named Daniel. The frequent supernatural sliding between these two worlds threaten to drive Julia crazy, as she begins having difficulty in telling them apart, and as she learns which world she is currently living in. Written by matt-282

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A love trapped between two worlds

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Drama | Fantasy | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Italy

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

5 February 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Julia and Julia See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$901,364
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The first movie shot with Sony equipment employing NHK's High Definition Video System (HDVS), an analog video format with 1125 lines of resolution. The video master was then printed to 35mm film to be projected in theaters. See more »

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Interesting dualities and interesting questions
9 August 2008 | by realreelSee all my reviews

What makes this film interesting are the very things that some who reviewed it disliked. As it says in the Fun Stuff section, "First movie made on Video master using High Definition Video System (HDVS) at 1225 lines and then printed on 35 mm film format." It may not be that novel today, but remember... this film was released in 1987! I remember watching it. I remember how eerie it was. I didn't know that it was shot in high def; I didn't even know what that was. What struck me about it was how real it seemed. It didn't just have the look of TV. It had the look of a play. Live. In person. I found it disturbing. Perhaps the theme of "sliding between two worlds" and the questions of sanity vs. insanity have also become banal today. It wasn't that these were new themes, even then. But they weren't as outworn as they are today. Hollywood wasn't really into making blockbusters about mental breakdowns. That's a recent phenomenon. At that time, insanity was left to art house directors. Lynch has traditionally done a pretty good job with sanity vs. insanity. What's real? What isn't? That kind of crap.

This film was novel, not because it was blockbuster with the insanity them (it was no blockbuster at all), but because for those who hadn't seen high def, films that questioned sanity... or both... this was something new and unnerving. The performances were great. You can't miss with Turner and Byrne... but Sting was great, too. Much as I hate to say it... he's really an excellent actor. It's always strange seeing him in a film. Isn't he a rock star? There's always that duality. Always that question... "Who am I seeing?" That echoes the "two worlds" insanity of Julia.

It's a grossly underrated film. I think that people don't know how to watch it, if that makes sense. It's held up reasonably well over time. If you haven't already, check it out for yourself and see what you think.


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