Now this is an amazing film. Though the subject matter is unpleasant and many of the people are awful and the main character is thoroughly flawed, the story is reality and truth, with all the subtlties of real life. The story’s about a young woman (Sherry) released from prison on parole. She’s a drug addict who stole to support her habit. She has a five-year-old daughter she’s barely seen being raised by her brother and his wife. The plot’s about her trying to get her life back on track. Though her brother’s sacrified to raise her daughter she resents that, frustrated that her daughter doesn’t recognize her as mother. Through the film’s simple story we see all the horrors of drug addiction, life on parole, life as a convict, life in a dsyfunctional family. The level of detail is amazing, and Maggie Gyllenhal deserves an Oscar for her incredible performance. I really liked this film. It’s not pleasant, it’s definitely adult material, but it’s so honest and genuine, and the emotions all resonate as reality. Awesome.