I Smile Back

USA 2015. Dir: Adam Salky. 85 min. DCP

VANCOUVER PREMIERE! ► From the outside looking in, Laney Brooks (Sarah Silverman) has it all: a comfortable upper-middle-class life, a charming and successful husband, two beautiful children, and a big house in the suburbs. But behind the façade, Laney is in serious emotional pain, and struggling mightily with depression, anxiety, abandonment issues, and multiple addictions (booze, pills, and sex — both with strangers and a friend’s husband). Eschewing her prescribed lithium, Laney risks everything by indulging her impulses in increasingly destructive ways, to devastating effect. Director Adam Salky elicits an extraordinary performance from Silverman. The screenplay was adapted by Amy Koppelman from her novel of the same name. “Silverman, digging so deep into her character that we can feel her nerve endings, is like nothing we’ve seen before ... This is acting of the highest calibre” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone).

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Post-screening discussion with Dr. Heather Fulton. Dr. Fulton is a Registered Psychologist at the Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addictions. She is also an Instructor in the UBC Departments of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Continuing Studies. Her research and clinical practice focus on promoting the use of evidence-based practices in the treatment of substance use and concurrent mental health issues.

Moderated by Dr. Harry Karlinsky, Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia.



"Silverman is completely riveting ... A showcase for [her] considerable prowess as a dramatic lead actress."

The Playlist | full review

"A tough, unbending, sometimes brutally truthful profile of one woman’s addiction ... Silverman is unforgettable."

Chicago Sun Times | full review