The Ballad of Jack and Rose

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Released 2005

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Director:
Rebecca Miller
Released:
2005
Rating:
R
The Ballad of Jack and Rose is a 2005 drama from writer-director Rebecca Miller and starring Daniel Day-Lewis in a story about a father and daughter pair whose years of isolation on an island commune have given them both an askew view on family, love, and death. Day-Lewis plays Jack Slavin, a middle-aged farmer who has lived a hermetic life on an island for years. His only companion is his daughter, Rose (Camilla Belle), who has a particularly naïve perception of the world around her due to her years growing up on the counter-culture commune island. Jack sees how under-developed Rose is and decides they could both use some company. He invites his girlfriend, Kathleen (Catherine Keener) to come live with them on the island. Kathleen brings her two sons with her—Rodney (Ryan McDonald) and Thaddius (Paul Dano). With their arrival, Rose loses the only life she has ever known, and struggles to learn how to live in the company of strangers. The Ballad of Jack and Rose is a gripping portrait of a peculiar family, featuring supporting actors Jason Lee, Jena Malone, and Beau Bridges.moreless

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  • 90

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Powered by an exceptional performance by Daniel Day-Lewis, this artfully disturbing film is a compelling, imaginative look at the potent emotional bond that forms not between roman...

  • 50

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Well-wrought individual scenes and sharply focused acting provide Rebecca Miller's third feature with a measure of gravity, but too much abrupt, even melodramatic behavior and undi...

  • 40

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    Ms. Miller has attempted to elevate a small Oedipal story about two damaged souls into a grandiloquent epic, Shakespeare by way of Bob Dylan. She misses by a significantly wide mar...

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