Sherry Swanson (Maggie Gyllenhaal) goes back to her New Jersey home town after having served a three-year sentence for drug dealing and. While she was in prison, the life of her family has undergone great changes. She has to re-build bonds with the small daughter she left in the care of her brother and his wife. Job-hunting and keeping her word to her parole officer are harsh challenges for someone who spent a lot of time on the wrong side of the tracks. Both fragile and tough, strong and vulnerable, Sherry makes her way through misunderstandings, temptations of the street and the results of a long absence.
Excellent character-driven indie drama centered around a superb performance by Maggie Gyllenhaal. There are no easy answers and a lot of very believable loose ends, the naturalistic writing and performances lend it a very compelling authenticity that few films achieve. It does drag in places, but all in all this is an extraordinary effort from writer-director Laurie Collyer.