JULIA HAS TWO LOVERS is a clever film which gives us insight into and sympathy for its characters. And this is achieved primarily through a phone conversation.
Embarking on an otherwise routine day, Los Angeles writer Julia (Daphna Kastner) receives a call from a stranger named Daniel (David Duchovny). Even though she tells Daniel he has the wrong number, he manages to keep Julia on the line. They talk for hours. Julia confesses that she is being
pressured into marriage by her live-in boyfriend Jack (David Charles) and she doesn't know what to do. By the end of their conversation, Daniel convinces Julia that marrying Jack may be a mistake. She invites Daniel over that afternoon, and they end up in bed together.
The next day, Julia learns that Daniel has practiced this same routine on other women. It's revealed later that Daniel is seeing a shrink. He calls strange women on the phone, meets them, but never develops a relationship with any of them because he's afraid to get involved. He thinks they won't
like him if they really get to know him. Daniel finally begins to resolve this problem and decides to see Julia again. Showing up unexpectedly at Julia's place one night, he gets into an argument with Jack. Julia gets fed up with both of them and leaves. Jack and Daniel have a lengthy conversation
and Daniel convinces Jack that he and Julia should not get married. Jack leaves Julia and she tells Daniel to call her in a month or so--she's in control now.
Daphna and director Bashar Shbib have written a clever story about a love triangle caused by a phone call from a stranger. The conversation between Julia and Daniel, in and of itself, is representative of several things. For example, Julia is having her doubts about marrying Jack. Her confession
is symbolic of the second thoughts many people have before they get married. Also, the film plays out a common fanatasy--having an encounter with a stranger who turns out to be a great lover.
The performances in JULIA HAS TWO LOVERS are all very believable. In fact, the scene where Jack and Daniel discuss Julia is acted and directed so well, it's like watching cinema verite. (Profanity, sexual situations, nudity.)
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- Released: 1991
- Rating: R
- Review: JULIA HAS TWO LOVERS is a clever film which gives us insight into and sympathy for its characters. And this is achieved primarily through a phone conversation. Embarking on an otherwise routine day, Los Angeles writer Julia (Daphna Kastner) receives a ca… (more)