Maggie Gyllenhaal and Sherrybaby

I saw this movie at Sundance and thought Maggies’ performance was really perfect. Maggie Gyllenhaal is one of America’s finest actors and in SHERRY BABY she pulls out a performance that is gut wrenching, painful to watch, but is a character we are rooting for throughout the film.

This film is about the life of one ex-prisoner that leaves jail with only one thing of mind, reunite with her daughter. This woman named Sherry (Maggie Gyllenhaal stars) gets out of prison and really wants to turn her life around. She wants to reintegrate community and spend time with her daughter but it won’t be easy. With a beautiful and heartfelt performance by Maggie Gyllenhaal, she portrayed the complexities of the character perfectly. Maggie Gyllenhaal converted and alternated skillfully between a warm, charismatic individual and the more archetypical ex-prisoner.

This movie which is based on a true story, explodes with manic energy keeps. The terrific thing about this particular film is that, it’s completely unpredictable because of the very nature of Gyllenhaal’s performance of Sherry. We don’t know what is going to happen to her in the duration of the film, at least not definitely, or even near the end when she spends one last day with her daughter, leaving one final good impression as she registers herself into a rehab, unbeknown to her family. I found the character Sherry to be every engaging, believable by both her white trash attitude, her mannerisms of her childish behavior, and her dispensable grip of east temptation, making her along with the overall direction of the film, completely unpredictable. I can’t be sure, along with other viewers she’ll get better. She’s got a shot, after witnessing the film’s conclusion, however not a sure definite.

Maggie Gyllenhaal stars as Sherry Swanson, a young woman who is paroled from prison after serving time for drug abuse charges. “SherryBaby” follows her often failed attempts to create a semblance of a life from the shattered pieces that remain of it. What really sets this movie apart is Gyllenhaal who fully invests herself in her character and has no misgivings about being seen in an unsympathetic light for much of the film. She earns the audience’s understanding through desperate measures and a quiet, nuanced portrayal of a highly believable character.

This is a sad film with an interesting array of characters that inhabit a realistic rehabilitation story that never gets preachy. I found it sad, deeply sad, but also profound in its observations of poverty, human weakness and manipulation. For all women out there who are all victims, survivors and independents, I think this story will resonate. This film at its very least will teach us some of what is against those that make big mistakes and want to put them right. This film at its very most will move us to empathise and understand human weakness, frailty and help us to mould compassion into our characters

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