Laurie Collyer (2006)

15 Certificate


Our Score
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.


A former drug addict is released from prison and sets out to rebuild her relationship with her daughter. However, staying on the straight and narrow proves difficult, and her sister-in-law starts to believe the child would be better off without her mother - forcing the ex-convict to resort to desperate measures. Drama, with Maggie Gyllenhaal, Giancarlo Esposito, Ryan Simpkins, Bridget Barkan and Brad William Henke.

Cast & 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
Director Laurie Collyer
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: MetrodomeGuidance: Swearing, drug abuse and sex scenes.Available on: DVDReleased on: 27 Jul 2007