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THE BALLAD OF
JACK AND ROSE
USA: IFC Films
UK: Entertainment Film Distributors
Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Camilla Belle, Catherine Keener, Paul Dano, Ryan McDonald, Jena Malone, Beau Bridges, Jason Lee, Susanna Thompson, Anna Mae Clinton
Director: Rebecca Miller
UK: 112 mins
USA Rated: R for language, sexual content and some drug material
UK Certificate: 15 contains strong language and sex references
USA Release Date: 25 March 2005 (Limited Release - Los Angeles and New York)
UK Release Date: 31 March 2006 (Limited Release - London, West End)
Jack (Daniel Day-Lewis) lives on the site of his abandoned island commune with his 16 year-old daughter Rose (Camilla Belle). Since the break up of the commune, Jack has sheltered Rose completely from the influences of the outside world, but now his fatal illness and Rose's emerging womanhood pose troubling questions about the days ahead.
A man who has lived a life motivated by environmentalism, Jack now rages at those who do not share his aesthetic, like developer Marty Rance (Beau Bridges), who is building a housing tract on the edge of his property.
When Jack invites his girlfriend Kathleen (Catherine Keener) and her sons Rodney (Ryan McDonald) and Thaddius (Paul Dano) to live with them, Rose feels betrayed and the situation quickly becomes precarious. Rose acts out wildly, creating chaos.
As everything flies out of control, Jack finds himself trapped in an impossible place and is forced to take action.
Award-winning filmmaker Rebecca Miller (PERSONAL VELOCITY) has created a powerful and poetic third feature about a man who has cut himself off from the world that refuses to live up to his ideals, and a young girl's sensual coming-of-age.