• 15
  • Laurie Collyer (2006)
  • US
  • 91 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

Maggie Gyllenhaal thrills in this objective yet sympathetic tale, as Sherry Swanson, a 20-something ex-con who tries to reclaim her life and the love of her young daughter. Writer/director Laurie Collyer doesn't flinch from showing the ugly side of her struggle, as Sherry tries to buy her little girl's affections, takes abuse from her parole officer and trades sexual favours for the chance of a good job. Disappointment hangs heavily over the action, with the lure of drugs and disturbing shadows from Sherry's past ever present. Ultimately, the film pivots on the question of what a mother will do for the love of her child, and that is the deciding factor in the outcome of this credible if alarming tale. Gyllenhaal's balanced performance is both spectacular and naturalistic - and as a result this is much more watchable than the harrowing subject matter may suggest.

Plot Summary

Drama starring Maggie Gyllenhaal. After her release from prison, former heroin addict Sherry struggles to establish a new life and rebuild her relationship with her young daughter.

Cast and crew


Sherry Swanson
Maggie Gyllenhaal
Bobby Swanson
Brad William Henke
Dean Walker
Danny Trejo
Parole Officer Hernandez
Giancarlo Esposito
Alexis Parks
Ryan Simpkins
Lynette Swanson
Bridget Barkan
Bob Swanson Sr
Sam Bottoms
Marcia Swanson
Kate Burton
Andy Kelly
Rio Hackford
Dorothy Washington
Michelle Hurst


Laurie Collyer

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Swearing, drug abuse and sex scenes.
Available on DVD
Released 27 Jul 2007
Certificate 15
Metrodome Distribution Ltd