Julie Walking Home

on September 12, 2002 by Shlomo Schwartzberg
The age-old battle between science and faith is examined in Agnieszka Holland's provocative but muddled drama about a Canadian family torn apart when their young son, Nicholas, becomes terminally ill. The boy's fate seems sealed until his desperate mother, Julie (Miranda Otto) hears about Alexy (Lothaire Bluteau), a faith-healer in Poland who guarantees results. But Julie's Catholic belief in miracles is set against the rational mindset of her skeptical Jewish scientist husband, Henry (a miscast William Fichtner), whom she has just caught cheating on her.

Despite “Julie Walking Home's” initial realistic portrait of fractured lives, the film soon descends into cliché, with Julie falling in love with Alexy and he in turn risking his powers when he reciprocates her feelings. Confused in its intent, even as regards the veracity of Alexy's abilities, “Julie Walking Home,” despite Otto's ferocious performance, is an unmoving, cold affair of the heart. Starring Miranda Otto, William Fichtner and Lothaire Bluteau. Directed by Agnieszka Holland. Written by Agnieszka Holland, Arlene Sarner and Roman Gren. Produced by Karel Dirka. No distributor set. Drama. English-, Polish- and Russian-language; subtitled. Not yet rated. Running time: 113 min.

Tags: Miranda Otto, William Fichtner, Lothaire Bluteau, Agnieszka Holland. Written by Agnieszka Holland, Arlene Sarner and Roman Gren, Karel Dirka, drama

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