A pair of sisters--one a strung-out, would-be rock star with more drive than talent and the other a wildly successful folk rock singer--struggle with their differences in this well-textured drama. Seattle's music scene provides the setting for the musical performances, all of which were recorded live.
John C. Reilly - American Supporting Actor
Jennifer Jason Leigh - American Actress, SINGLE WHITE FEMALE
Jimmy Witherspoon - American Blues Musician
Ted Levine - American Actor
John Doe - Songwriter/Singer/Actor/X
Ulu Grosbard - Director/Producer
Mare Winningham - American Film/TV Actress, GEORGIA
Max Perlich - Star, HOMEWARD BOUND II: LOST IN SAN FRANCISCO (1995)
A tale of intense sibling rivalry between two sisters who are also both singers. Georgia is a happy, popular and successful folk singer, who's self-assured enough to place her husband and kids before her career. In stark contrast, her younger sibling Sadie is an angry, untalented, childish, substance-abusing punk rocker. Sadie is obsessively jealous of her sister's fame and home life, so Georgia wants as little to do with her as humanly possible. After a particularly horrific falling-out between the sisters, Georgia finally reaches the end of her rope. Now Sadie must find a way to make peace with both herself and her family -- before she completely self-destructs.
Shown at the New York Film Festival on September 30 and October 1, 1995. Shown at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival. Color by Technicolor. Screenwriter/producer Barbara Turner is Jennifer Jason Leigh's mother. She wrote the script specifically for her daughter. Released theatrically in New York City and Los Angeles December 8, 1995, wide release in the USA January 1996. The film's music sequences were recorded live, including one in which Jennifer Jason Leigh performs an eight-and-a-half minute version of Van Morrison's `Take Me Back' (in front of an audience of over 1,000 concert extras) that was shot in two takes. The film won the Best Picture award and Jennifer Jason Leigh won the best actress award at the 1995 Montreal Film Festival. Jennifer Jason Leigh was a runner-up for best actress of 1995 in voting by the National Society of Film Critics and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. Mare Winningham won an Independent Spirit Award for best supporting actress.
"...Jennifer Jason Leigh gives the performance of her career....GEORGIA is Leigh's high-wire act, and her fierce, funny, exasperating and deeply affecting portrayal commands attention..." - 11/30/1995 Rolling Stone, p.74
"...GEORGIA is a small gift to treasure..." -- 3 1/2 out of 4 stars - 12/08/1995 USA Today, p.1D
"...Captures with remarkable aptitude the state of being chronically messed up....A lot of soul." -- Rating: B+ - 07/26/1996 Entertainment Weekly, p.64
"...An intense study of sibling rivalry....GEORGIA excels at the expression of painfully unresolvable family conflicts....[With] two exceedingly well-written characters, splendidly realized..." - 05/22/1995 Variety
"...It stays with you....[The performances] are redemptive barings of a soul in pain, a soul in art..." - 11/01/1995 Film Comment, p.76-9
"...[A] beautifully realistic film....In the American independent arena, it outperforms everything in sight..." - 12/08/1995 Los Angeles Times, p.F1