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Georgia (1995)

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Sadie is desperately looking up to her older sister Georgia who is a famous C&W artist. Sadie wants to be a famous artist like her sister, but is always doing everything wrong. Her ... See full summary »

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Bobby
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Herman
Jimmy Witherspoon ...
Trucker
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Erwin Flood
Smokey Hormel ...
Leland
Jimmy Z. ...
Clay
Tony Marsico ...
Paul
Jamian Briar ...
Andrew Flood
Rachel Rasco ...
Mish Flood
Nicole Donahoo ...
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Sadie is desperately looking up to her older sister Georgia who is a famous C&W artist. Sadie wants to be a famous artist like her sister, but is always doing everything wrong. Her desperate need to be accepted by her sister is constantly complicated by her drug and alcohol problems. Georgia lives a very ordered life with husband, house and children, and Sadie does everything to get her attention. Written by <Magnus.Salomonsson.3041@student.uu.se>

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The toughest act to follow was their dreams.

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Rated R for substance abuse, language and a sex scene | See all certifications »
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8 December 1995 (USA)  »

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Georgia de Ulu Grosbard  »

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$2,907,768 (USA)
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John Doe was cast in the film because Jennifer Jason Leigh is a fan of his band, X. See more »

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(at around 6 mins) Bobby's right hand is on, then off, his water glass. See more »

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Georgia: What are you drinking?
Sadie Flood: You know me. Whatever's cheap or free.
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Featured in The 68th Annual Academy Awards (1996) See more »

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HATE ME MORE
By Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey
Performed by The Sleepwalkers
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sibling rivalry, desperation and rock&roll
12 December 2004 | by (England) – See all my reviews

Georgia is a stark and harrowing exposition into the relationship of two sisters, Sadie played by Jennifer Jason Leigh and the eponymous Georgia played by Mare Winningham (best supporting actress nominee 1996). The film follows Sadie, a young woman trapped within her envy and aspirations to achieve the success, and more importantly recognition, of her older sister Georgia, a revered folk and country singer in the pacific north west of America. In her pursuit of these desires however, she tears at her tenuous relationship with her sister and all those around her. It seems only her contagious beauty and vulnerability keep the people she hurts close to her, as we follow her through smoky clubs and bars, cheap motels and onwards into oblivion.

Georgia is often a trying film on the viewer, as its director, the Belgium born Ulu Grosbard pushes mainstream codes of cinematic language, and at the same time, deals with a central character who is often caustic, abrasive and unredeeming. That said, Jennifer Jason Leigh's visceral portrayal of Sadie Flood is utterly compelling and inspired. Indeed, her performance truly brings alive a disaffected character wrought by insecurity, isolation, depression and self-loathing; all culminating in an itinerant and bohemian lifestyle of club singing, alcoholism, heroin addiction and disillusionment.

Worthy of note also are the stellar performances of the support cast, notably Georgia's loving husband played by Ted Levine, Sadie's doting and tortured partner played by Max Perlich and Herman the drug-addled band-mate of Sadie's, performed by the ubiquitous character actor John C Reilly. Another great feature of this film is the soundtrack, and in many ways this film could be considered a musical. Contributions come from Van Morrison, Lou Reed, Elvis Costello, Eric Clapton, Tom Waits and Otis Redding, many of whom were active in the music to the film. John Doe and the late Jimmy Witherspoon for example, both acclaimed recording artists in their own right, act and sing in the film. Indicative of the soundtrack's integral contribution to the overall film, please note the cover of 'this magical place is more than it seems' from the Wizard of Oz score, as Sadie more so than anything wants to click her heels together and get back to the old house, back home.

In summation, this film will appeal to people who drink too much, people who tell me that it's a sin to know and feel too much within, which according to Bob Dylan many claim to live by and i concur; those with a penchant for '90s Seattle, rock and roll and dark character studies into alcoholism, thwarted ambition and pervasive despair.


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