Sherrybaby

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Sherrybaby
Sherrybaby.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Laurie Collyer
Produced by Marc Turtletaub
Lemore Syvan
Written by Laurie Collyer
Starring Maggie Gyllenhaal
Brad William Henke
Sam Bottoms
Kate Burton
Giancarlo Esposito
Danny Trejo
Music by Jack Livesey
Cinematography Russell Lee Fine
Edited by Curtiss Clayton
Joe Landauer
Production
company
Distributed by IFC Films
Release dates
  • September 8, 2006 (2006-09-08)
Running time 96 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $2 million
Box office $622,806[1]

Sherrybaby is a 2006 American drama film written and directed by Laurie Collyer. Screened at the Sundance Film Festival on January 25, 2006, the film received a limited release in the United States on September 8, 2006.

Plot[edit]

Sherry Swanson, a young woman who has recently been released from prison and is recovering from a heroin addiction, is trying to rebuild her life on the outside. Above all, she wants to repair her relationship with her young daughter, but finds the challenges more daunting than she had expected. Her daughter barely recognizes her and no longer calls her "mommy", the halfway house where she lives has a curfew that interferes with her ability to visit her family, and her relationship with her family has become tense and strained.

In between trips to visit her daughter and her job at a youth center, Sherry attends Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in an effort to beat back her addiction to heroin. She strikes up a relationship with Dean, a fellow addict she meets at Alcoholics Anonymous. The stresses of her damaged relationships with her family, satisfying her parole officer, and finding a way to reconnect with her daughter soon prove overwhelming. Sherry soon starts drinking and using drugs again, putting her parole at risk. Struggling to maintain a grip on her life, Sherry finally breaks down and admits to her brother that she knows she needs help.

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

Sherrybaby received generally positive reviews from critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 74% of 66 critics gave the film a positive review, for an average rating of 6.7/10. The site's consensus is that "Maggie Gyllenhaal delivers [a] riveting performance as a recovering drug addict in a depressing and not entirely believable movie." Metacritic, which assigns a rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, calculated a "generally favorable" average score of 66, based on 18 reviews. Entertainment Weekly praised the film as "emotionally arresting" and "authentic and moving", and describes Gyllenhaal as "such a miracle of an actress that she makes you respond to the innocence of Sherry's desperate, selfish destruction."[2] The Christian Science Monitor also gave a positive review of the film, complimenting Collyer's "vivid eye for detail and the small, telling human moments that make a movie resonate with audiences".[3]

Accolades[edit]

Awards
Award Category Name Results
Chicago Film Critics Association[4] Best Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal Nominated
Golden Globe Award[5] Best Actress - Drama Maggie Gyllenhaal Nominated
Gotham Awards[6] Breakthrough Director Laurie Collyer Nominated
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival[7] Best Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal Won
Crystal Globe Laurie Collyer Won
London Film Critics' Circle[8] Best Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal Nominated
Prism Award[6] Performance in a Feature Film Maggie Gyllenhaal Won
Satellite Awards[6] Best Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal Nominated
Sundance Film Festival[9] Grand Jury Prize Laurie Collyer Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sherrybaby at Box Office Mojo
  2. ^ Gleiberman, Owen (September 6, 2006). "Sherrybaby". Entertainment Weekly. Movie Review. Retrieved 2009-01-21. 
  3. ^ Rainer, Peter (September 9, 2008). "Sherrybaby': emotional downpour". Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 2009-01-21. 
  4. ^ http://www.chicagofilmcritics.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=44
  5. ^ http://www.goldenglobes.org/nominations/year/2006
  6. ^ a b c VanAirsdale, S.T. (October 23, 2006). "Putting the 'Die' in 'Indie': IFP Issues Gotham Award Noms". The Reeler. Retrieved March 31, 2013. 
  7. ^ http://www.kviff.com/en/history-years/2006/
  8. ^ http://www.moviecitynews.com/awards/2008/critics/london.html
  9. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0423169/awards

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