A daring downer of a film about two sisters. One sings; the other doesn't.
But that doesn't mean she doesn't want to sing, with every desperate, self-destructive
nerve in her drug-addled body. Mare Winningham plays the title character,
a centered superstar named Georgia with a mellow, golden voice (Winningham
does her own singing). However, the film's definitely unfocused focus is
Georgia's younger sibling, Sadie (Jennifer Jason Leigh). If Sid Vicious
had been separated at birth from a psychic twin sister, her name would be
Sadie. With her mascara-ringed eyes and twitchy addict mannerisms, she's
like a raccoon on smack. Or Janis Joplin in the '90s, only, sadly, without
the talent. What Sadie has in spades is pain, pain she pours into her life
and her singing with a burning neediness and misplaced ambition. Ulu Grossbard
directed from an unrelenting script by Barbara Turner (Leigh's mom). The
strong supporting cast includes John Doe (of X) and Ted Levine. But the
sisterly symbiosis of the two leads (both are amazing) remains the focus.
"Georgia' is a movie for people who take their movies seriously - and
like to talk about them afterwards.
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