Sarah Silverman has been the main focus of discussions around Adam Salky’s “I Smile Back” since its premiere at Sundance earlier this year. Silverman’s riveting dramatic performance as Laney shocked audiences familiar with the actress’s raunchy comedic persona, as she tackles the role of a suburban wife struggling with an inner darkness that leads her to sex, drugs and alcohol.
Recently, Silverman has spoken candidly about her own battle with depression, and the film has been praised for shining a light on mental illness and addiction. The actress brings something personal to the role as a character whose outward togetherness as a productive suburban mother belies a secret world of pain and compulsion.
In an exclusive clip, Laney is freshly out of rehab and already trying to get a fix. Donny (Thomas Sadoski) refuses to give her anything, but tries to comfort her with a detached kiss. The clip highlights two of Laney’s struggles: addiction and infidelity.
“I Smile Back” is now playing in select theaters.