DVD Sherrybaby [DVD] [2006] [Multilingual] [Region 1] (DVD 182498),
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Sherrybaby [DVD] [2006] [Multilingual] [Region 1]

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  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal is mesmerizing as a recovering addict in writer-director Laurie Collyer's feature-length fiction-film debut, SHERRYBABY. Gyllenhaal stars as Sherry Swanson, a troubled woman who has just been released from prison, where she spent three years for robbery to support her heroin addiction. Determined to regain control of her life, she moves into a halfway house and starts looking for a job, being carefully watched by her tough parole officer (Giancarlo Esposito). At an AA meeting, she is drawn to Dean Walker (Danny Trejo), a gritty older man who befriends her--but his ties to her dangerous past life threaten to pull her back in. Sherry's main desire is to reestablish a relationship with her young daughter, Alexis (Ryan Simpkins), who is being raised by Sherry's brother, Bobby (Brad William Henke), and his wife, Lynnette (Bridget Barkan)--but Lynnette doesn't trust Sherry, wanting to keep Alexis for her own. As Sherry struggles to get back on track, she plays by her own rules, with drugs and a return to prison waiting just around the corner. Gyllenhaal gives a raw, bare, powerful performance as the embattled and desperate Sherry, who will do almost anything to regain her daughter's love. Loosely based on the story of one of Collyer's closest childhood friends, SHERRYBABY, which got its start in the Sundance Filmmaker's Lab, is an emotional rollercoaster of a movie, with realistic characters, an excellent cast, and plenty of surprising turns.
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 33436

  • Credits
    Maggie Gyllenhaal, Brad Henke, Giancarlo Esposito
  • Critic Reviews
    "[O]ne of the most authentic, and moving, journeys the movies has offered this year." -- Grade: A
    Entertainment Weekly

    "Maggie Gyllenhaal gives her best performance to date....[An] honest, beautifully observed character drama."
    Movieline's Hollywood Life

    Included in Entertainment Weekly's "Top 10 Films Of The Year" -- "[T]he story of a soul discovering itself."
    Entertainment Weekly

    4 stars out of 5 -- "Laurie Collyer's low-key drama has a forensic, observational quality that belies the writer-director's background in documentary....Maggie Gyllenhaal's fearless performance places her right at the top of any list of young Hollywood talent."
    Total Film

    4 stars out of 5 -- "SHERRYBABY's raw, gritty edges echo the searching indie movies of the 1970s....A fascinating, addictive film."
    Uncut

    "Collyer's ace in the hole is the skill of lead actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, whose extraordinarily vital performance powers the film, and is reason above all to see it."
    Sight and Sound

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