Time Out says

Georgia, as played by Winningham, seems one of life's success stories, a sizeable draw as a sweet-toned country chanteuse, capable wife and mother, kind and supportive sibling. Which is why the movie is about her screw-up sister Sadie (Leigh), a drink-addled, no talent vocalist in a bar-room rock band, whose recurring drugs problems almost seem designed to attract her family's increasingly fatigued compassion. An in-depth character study which resists pat solutions, Grosbard's best film to date allows its conflicts and self-exposure to surface mainly in live performance, Winningham's smooth professionalism delivered with emotional reserve, while Leigh unleashes all her pain at the mic despite her inability to hold a note - her startlingly raw, barely controlled traversal of Van Morrison's 'Take Me Back' is a remarkable instance of this actress's ability to inhabit a role. Written by Leigh's mother Barbara Turner, the film also lists her sister Carrie Anne Morrow as 'technical advisor'.


Release details

115 mins

Cast and crew

Ulu Grosbard
Barbara Turner
Jennifer Jason Leigh
Mare Winningham
Ted Levine
Max Perlich
John Doe
John C Reilly
Jimmy Witherspoon
Jason Carter