The Ballad of Jack and Rose

The Ballad of Jack and Rose

Rebecca Miller (2005)

15 Certificate


Our Score
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.


A teenage girl raised on an isolated island by her reclusive environmentalist father has had no contact with the outside world. When her father announces his girlfriend and her two sons will be joining them on the island, she feels overwhelmed by the changes to her life and the awakening of her own sexual desires. Drama, starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Camilla Belle and Catherine Keener.

Cast & Crew

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
Director Rebecca Miller
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: EntertainmentAvailable on: DVDReleased on: 31 Mar 2006