Number of Times Seen – 1 (11 Apr 2019)
Brief Synopsis – A singer always feels as if her career is being overshadowed by her famous sister and trues to find ways to deal with it.
My Take on it – This is a film that I’ve been interested in seeing for years, yet never got around to doing so.
The fact that I’m trying to watch films that have garnered Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominations pushed me to finally watch it.
They do an excellent job here depicting how siblings can affect one another when dealing with issues of fame and fortune even if they each have much talent in what they do.
Jennifer Jason Leigh is superb in the lead role and we get to see the roller coaster ride through life that her character takes in order to try and make a name for herself in a world dominated by her older sister.
This is by far on one Leigh’s best performances of her career.
Mare Winningham is also superb in the role of the older sister doing all she can to help her younger sibling no matter the fact that she can see the destructive path she has chosen.
We get to see all that she is willing to do to help and even after failure upon failure, she doesn’t lose hope that she can still help.
She deservingly was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for this performance.
They do some nice cinematographic tricks in the film when showing some of the music scenes which makes things even more poignant.
The fact that this film is based on true events helps make things feel even more realistic as we get to see the struggles in life that these characters face.
Bottom Line – Great depiction of how siblings can affect one another when it comes to fame and fortune despite the fact that both are highly talented. Leigh is great in the lead and gives one of the very best performances of her career in this role. Winningham is also great as the famous big sister who wants to care for her younger sister yet sees the path that she is taking is a destructive one. Winningham received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her performance here and was quite deserving of the accolades for it. We see all that she is willing to do to help, but nothing is ever enough. The music is great to listen to here and they do some ice cinematographic tricks with some of the scenes that make things even more poignant to watch. The fact that this film’s premise is based on truth helps things feel even more realistic as we see the struggles presented. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – After The Silence of the Lambs (1991) became a resounding success in 1991, Ted Levine, who played a serial killer in the film, became typecast as a villain by casting directors. It was Jennifer Jason Leigh who convinced the director of this film that he could portray a stay-at-home dad supporting his wife. Levine says he is now forever grateful for Leigh’s belief in his versatility. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)
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