Georgia

Georgia

Director: Ulu Grosbard

Cast: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Mare Winningham, Ted Levine

     
 

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An unflinching drama of frustrated ambition and troubled siblings, Georgia examines the relationship between a self-destructive, would-be rock singer and her sister, a successful folk musician. Sadie (Jennifer Jason Leigh) is the younger, more troubled sister, a wild child with a taste for reckless behavior, from her dangerous romances to her attachments to

Overview

An unflinching drama of frustrated ambition and troubled siblings, Georgia examines the relationship between a self-destructive, would-be rock singer and her sister, a successful folk musician. Sadie (Jennifer Jason Leigh) is the younger, more troubled sister, a wild child with a taste for reckless behavior, from her dangerous romances to her attachments to drugs and alcohol. Hopping between low-rent clubs, Sadie struggles to make it from gig to gig, delivering rawly emotional performances that lack technical skill. Her repeated career failures drive her further into addiction, sending her life into a downward spiral. Ultimately, she is forced to seek help from her sister Georgia (Mare Winningham), who is everything Sadie is not: married, financially secure, and blessed with a smooth voice that has won her popular success. A clash of seemingly opposite personalities follows, as Georgia attempts to help Sadie without becoming damaged herself.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
Difficult to watch and hard to look away from, this emotional traffic wreck of a movie divided viewers and critics and failed to earn a popular audience despite an Oscar nod for Mare Winningham in the title role. Some felt Jennifer Jason Leigh's performance too mannered, but even her detractors have to admit that the actress is fearless. Whether high on smack, sullenly mooching off her family, or ruining a bar mitzvah with her raspy yelping, Leigh's Sadie lurches through life, a black hole of need, determined to become the one thing her lack of ability won't let her. Plenty of the actress's scenes are nakedly painful to watch, but the most harrowing is the sequence in which she takes the stage to croak a Van Morrison classic triumphantly and interminably, unaware of her own talentlessness and of the burning eyes of the sister she's embarrassing. Georgia herself is a serene, satisfied mother and wife, proficient and popular, but lacking in passion. Winningham's performance is therefore more measured, less showy than Leigh's, but it's just as impressive for its restraint and range. A who's who of indie talent, including Max Perlich and John C. Reilly, fleshes out the first-rate cast. But the entire effort hinges on the screenplay, written by Leigh's mother, Barbara Turner. Deliberate and disturbing, it's a powerful examination of oft-neglected grown-up sibling dynamics. Director Ulu Grosbard presents the story simply, but that's all he needs to do, and for those who can stomach the emotional carnage, the film's an engrossing success.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/17/2011
UPC:
0031398138556
Original Release:
1995
Source:
Miramax Lionsgate
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:58:00
Sales rank:
38,381

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jennifer Jason Leigh Sadie
Mare Winningham Georgia
Ted Levine Jake
Max Perlich Axel
John Doe Actor
John C. Reilly Herman
Jason Carter Chasman
Jimmy Witherspoon Trucker

Technical Credits
Ulu Grosbard Director,Producer
Peter K. Anderson Camera Operator
Ben Barenholtz Executive Producer
Lester Cohen Production Designer
Don Dumas Special Effects
Ed Ewing Camera Operator
David Frederick Camera Operator
Lulu Gargiulio Camera Operator
Norman Gimbel Score Composer
Craig Huston Asst. Director
Jan Kiesser Cinematographer
Elizabeth Kling Editor
Jennifer Jason Leigh Producer
Carol Oditz Costumes/Costume Designer
Jodi Rothfield Casting
Renee Rousselot Casting
Katie Ryan Casting
Crista Schneider Set Decoration/Design
Steven Soles Score Composer,Songwriter
Micheline Trepanier Makeup
Rondi Tucker Art Director
Barbara Turner Producer,Screenwriter
Mark Weingarten Musical Direction/Supervision

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter Selection
1. Opening Credits [5:37]
2. The Concert [5:37]
3. Breakfast at the Farmhouse [:19]
4. Tense Conversation [9:11]
5. Singing With Bobby [4:54]
6. Special Delivery [4:40]
7. "Havah Nagilah" [7:41]
8. True Confessions [3:29]
9. Dinner With Dad [10:32]
10. Sister Gig [3:33]
11. Too High [2:38]
12. Axel Asks for Help [5:32]
13. Georgia's Favor [8:09]
14. Sadie's New Gig [3:54]
15. Axel's Exit [14:07]
16. A Bad Trip [1:14]
17. Detoxing [5:16]
18. Back on the Farm [4:54]
19. No More Hard Times [8:05]
20. End Credits [8:05]

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