• Publication date: September 14, 2009

Being Julia

Set in the late 1930s, this movie is about the sorrows and joys ...

Set in the late 1930s, this movie is about the sorrows and joys of art. As she enters her early 40s, London’s famous theater actress Julia Lambert starts having a nervous breakdown. She still rules the West End, but is growing too old for ingenuous parts. When Tom Fennell, an ambitious young man half her age, comes into her life, a clandestine love affair begins. However, matters turn upside down when she finds out that Tom is just a young social climber whose real passion is for ambitious young starlet Avice Crichton, with whom he has an affair and uses Julia to get a part for Avice in her new play. Accordingly, Julia begins to plot a delightful revenge. The eternal question of "when am I acting and when am I myself?" has seldom been addressed as intelligently as it is here. Also, the movie was described as "a one-woman show". There are several notable actors in it, but it's the glorious Annette Bening who hoists this film on her mink-wrapped shoulders and makes it work. Bening won Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. This movie is rated R for some sexuality.