- Shopping Bag ( 0 items )
|Maggie Gyllenhaal||Sherry Swanson|
|Brad William Henke||Bobby Swanson|
|Danny Trejo||Dean Walker|
|Giancarlo Esposito||Officer Hernandez|
|Ryan Simpkins||Alexis Parks|
|Bridget Barkan||Lynette Swanson|
|Samuel Bottoms||Dad Swanson|
|Laurie Collyer||Director, Screenwriter|
|Stephen Beatrice||Production Designer|
|Jeb Brody||Executive Producer|
|Carrie Fix||Asst. Director|
|Marlena Grzaslewicz||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Jack Livesey||Score Composer|
|Jill Newell||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Ira Spiegel||Sound/Sound Designer|
Posted October 1, 2010
"Saggy" Gyllenhaal stars in this overwrought piece of garbage that will most likely rear its ugly head on 1. Oxygen or 2. Lifetime. If you need an excuse to clean your apt./house or finish up some unwanted project that you find yourself continually put off, pop in this snoozer, grab a swiffer or broom and go to town.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 1, 2010
Laurie Collyer both wrote and directed this very fine little film that examines the world in which addicted people live, even after they have 'paid their debt to society' by being imprisoned. She does not play to the sympathy of the audience: she rather empathizes with one woman's plight in her struggle to gain control of a life she has never been able to successfully assemble. Sherry Swanson (a brilliant tour de force by Maggie Gyllenhaal) has been in prison for robbery, drug possession and heroin addiction for several years and as the film opens she is released to her hometown in New Jersey where she is assigned a parole officer (Giancarlo Esposito) and a 'safe haven' home. She longs to see her five-year-old daughter Alexis (Ryan Simpkins) whom she barely knows and who has been living with her brother Bobby (the excellent Brad William Henke) and his wife Lynette (Bridget Barkan). After encountering much prejudice and abuse heaped on ex-cons looking for work, Sherry manages to find a job working with kids and tries desperately to re-connect with Alexis but is rebuffed by Lynette and warned by Bobby that should she bring drugs in the house he will send her back to prison. Sherry stumbles through her out-of-prison existence, connecting with old friends at an AA meeting, having a fling with her old flame Dean (Danny Trejo), attending a birthday party for Alexis given at her parents home where her father (Sam Bottoms) comforts her in a sexually intrusive way, and struggling with her roommates until she moves out on her own. She aches from not belonging, from the fact that her life on the 'outside' is as much a prison as on the 'inside', and she returns to drugs. Given an ultimatum by her parole officer she finally thinks she can put her life back together, but a planned outing with daughter Alexis forces Sherry to face the fact that she is not capable of the skills of mothering and she is able finally to ask for help from her caring brother. Maggie Gyllenhaal is Sherry with every fiber of her being. It is a performance worthy of top honors. The beauty of the film is the fact that it does not opt for Hollywood happy endings: it merely stops with many questions unanswered - as is the case in life with people who suffer the agonies of addiction. It is beautifully acted and filmed and it deserves the attention of not only lovers of fine film, but also people who want to try to understand the horrors of drug addiction in a society unprepared to cope with it. Highly Recommended. Grady HarpWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 7, 2010
No text was provided for this review.