Maggie Gyllenhaal (Sherry Swanson), Brad William Henke
(Bobby Swanson), Sam Bottoms (Bob Swanson, Sr.), Kate Burton (Marcia Swanson), Giancarlo Esposito (Hernandez), Danny Trejo (Dean Walker)
Maggie Gyllenhaal delivers an excellent lead performance as
Sherry Swanson, a former drug addict released from prison, attempting to go clean for the sake of her daughter, who is being cared for by Sherry's brother and his wife.
bleak and depressing domestic drama, though it uncovers a desperation and vulnerability to addiction which a lot of similar films seem to gloss over.
It's due to the magnetic performance of the lead actress that
makes this such a riveting watch, handling difficult subject matter in a vivid, but incredibly tasteful way.