The Ballad of Jack and Rose

  • 15
  • Rebecca Miller (2005)
  • US
  • 111 min
Film Review
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2 out of 5

Daniel Day-Lewis keeps it in the family here, with a film written and directed by his wife, Rebecca Miller, the daughter of playwright Arthur Miller. Day-Lewis plays Jack, an eco-warrior living in the remnants of an idealistic island commune, alone save for his sheltered 16-year-old daughter, Rose (Camilla Belle). Jack is dying of a heart condition and is determined to make provisions for Rose by establishing a more stable relationship with his on/off mainland girlfriend, Kathleen (Catherine Keener), and achieve some resolution in his ongoing conflict with a local property developer (Beau Bridges). As you'd expect from a cast of such calibre, the acting is spot-on. The direction is adequate if unremarkable, but the film is dull and dated, with a final, rather obvious "message" that's hammered home. It's hard to see it gaining a wide audience, though fans may be tempted out by one of Day-Lewis's rare forays on to film.

Plot Summary

Drama starring Daniel Day-Lewis. Ageing eco-warrior Jack Slavin is close to death from a heart condition. Determined to establish a secure future for his teenage daughter, Jack must first mend relations with his former girlfriend and resolve a feud with a local property developer.

Cast and crew

Cast

Rose Slavin
Camilla Belle
Jack Slavin
Daniel Day-Lewis
Kathleen
Catherine Keener
Rodney
Ryan McDonald
Thaddius
Paul Dano
Gray
Jason Lee
Red Berry
Jena Malone
Marty Rance
Beau Bridges
Miriam Rance
Susanna Thompson

Crew

Director
Rebecca Miller

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Entertainment
Available on DVD
Released 31 Mar 2006
Certificate 15
Categories
Drama

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