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"The story of two women whose friendship suddenly became a matter of life and death."

Julia is based on the Lillian Hellman book Pentimento, the author’s real-life experiences with the Nazis before World War II. As a child, Lillian befriends a girl named Julia. Julia comes from a wealthy upbringing and was raised by her grandparents. Lillian and Julia develop a close friendship over the years. Later in life, Julia becomes a medical student and physician at Oxford and the University of Vienna. Meanwhile, Lillian is a struggling playwright working through revisions of her recent work. She also has a relationship with her mentor, a well-known author named Dashiell Hammett.

After her plays become successful, Lillian goes to a writers’ conference in Russia. She later meets with Julia, who recruits her to smuggle money through Nazi-occupied Germany in order to fund the anti-Nazi movement. Lillian accepts the mission despite facing possible dangers of being captured by the Nazis. As she continues to smuggle money throughout Germany, she catches up with Julia about her life as a playwright. She is delighted to learn that Julia has a child named Lily. Julia also is living with a baker in the Alsace province of France. Lillian returns to the United States to continue with her next play.

Upon her return, she learns that Julia was murdered. The details of Julia’s murder were unknown. However, Lillian assumes that the Nazis were responsible. Lillian returns to Europe in search of Julia’s daughter. She returns to Alsace and finds out that Julia’s family has decided to abandon the child, even if she is alive. The family also ignores Lillian, pretending to not remember who she is or her history with Julia. They appear to be embarrassed by Julia. With the life of the child hanging in the balance, Lillian continues to search for the child.

PG
| 1977 | 1 hr 58 min | 7.3/10 | 58/100
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Director
Fred Zinnemann
Language
English
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