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Julie Walking Home (Julies Rueckkehr)

Julie Walking Home
Miranda Ott, William Fichtner (photo © ART-OKO Film)

Henry is Jewish and is a professor at the local university. Julie is the daughter of Polish emigrants. Together they have twins, Nicolas and Nicole, who are 10 years old. A happy family, Julie adores her husband until the day she arrives home early from vacation and finds him in bed with another woman. Henry is terribly remorseful - for him it was just a one-night stand - and he begs for Julie's forgiveness. For Julie however, her entire world has fallen apart. And in the midst of it all, they find out that their little boy has cancer, and medicine cannot help him. All the members of the family cope in different ways with this tragedy. As a scientist, Henry has to accept it. Nicole tries some magic rituals. Julie's father turns to religion. And Julie refuses to admit that the boy is going to die.

In her desperation, she seeks the help of a Russian healer in Poland named Alexis. Alexis has never been with a woman before. Upon meeting Julie, he encounters something new and falls in love for the first time. Julie, out of gratitude for healing her son and admiration, begins to love him in return.

Julie Walking Home is a story about family, love, betrayal, miracles and death. A story about the various stages and hidden meanings in life.


Agnieszka Holland was born in 1948 in Warsaw and studied at the FAMU Film Academy in Prague. She began her film career as a director's assistant under Krzysztof Zanussi. Before she began directing herself, she wrote numerous screenplays together with her mentor Andrzej Wajda. One of the most well-known directors internationally, her films include: ANGRY HARVEST (BITTERE ERNTE, 1985), EUROPA EUROPA (HITLERJUNGE SOLOMON, 1990), OLIVIER, OLIVIER (1992), THE SECRET GARDEN (DER GEHEIME GARTEN, 1993), FALLEN ANGELS (TV, 1993), WASHINGTON SQUARE (1997), SHOT IN THE HEART (TV, 2001), JULIE WALKING HOME (2002), IN DARKNESS (2011), and many more.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2002
Director Agnieszka Holland
Screenplay Agnieszka Holland, Arlene Sarner, Roman Gren
Cinematography Jacek Petrycki
Christian Lonk
Anton Gross
Marian Wihak, Ewa Skoczkowska
Cast Miranda Otto, William Fichtner, Lothaire Bluteau
Producer Karel Dirka
Production Company ART-OKO Film/Munich, in co-production with The Film Works/Toronto, IMX Communications/Halifax, Studio Filmowe Kalejdoskop/Warsaw
Length 118 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 English
Subtitled Versions Italian, Spanish
Sound Technology Dolby SRD
Festivals Venice 2002 (in competition), Toronto 2002, Mar del Plata 2003, Rio 2003

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