Previously at the ICA - Films
14 Mar 2007
Introduced by director
Golden Globe nominated for her role as Sherry Swanson, Maggie Gyllenhaal (The Secretary) does justice to this brilliantly scripted and heartfelt US independent.
"From the age of 16 to 22 heroin was the love of my life. I mean, I had a daughter and I never even took care of her, and I want to take care of her..." Sherry Swanson
Three years after entering prison for robbery as a 19-year-old heroin addict, Sherry Swanson (Maggie Gyllenhaal) begins her first day of freedom, clean and sober. A model prisoner who has undergone personal transformation, she immediately sets out to regain custody of her young daughter Alexis (Ryan Simpkins), who has been cared for in her absence by her brother Bobby (Brad Henke) and his wife Lynn (Bridget Barkan).
Unprepared for the demands of the world she's stepped back into, Sherry's hopes of staying clean, getting a job, and becoming a responsible mother are challenged. Lynn's concerns about Sherry's ability to care for Alexis threaten to destroy the already delicate relationship she has with her daughter, as well as her newfound sobriety.
Disillusioned and haunted by wounds from her childhood, Sherry is eventually confronted with life-altering questions about her own survival and what it means to be a good mother.
"Maggie Gyllenhaal is such a miracle of an actress... Your heart opens up and bleeds for her."' Entertainment Weekly
Dir Laurie Collyer, USA 2006, 96 mins