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The Ballad of Jack and Rose (2005)

 -  Drama  -  2 June 2005 (Israel)
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A father and daughter isolated on an island off the East Coast and living on a once thriving commune grapple with the limits of family and sexuality.

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Jack lives on the site of his abandoned island commune with his 16-year-old daughter Rose. Jack has sheltered Rose from the influences of the outside world, but now Rose's emerging womanhood poses troubling questions about the days ahead. A man who has lived a life motivated by environmentalism and other altruistic causes, Jack now rages at those who do not share his concerns, like developer Marty Rance, who is building a housing tract on the edge of his property. When Jack invites his girlfriend Kathleen and her sons Rodney and Thaddius 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. Written by Christine Richardson

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Rated R for language, sexual content and some drug material | See all certifications »

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Rose and the Snake  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)

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$59,459 (USA) (25 March 2005)

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$712,294 (USA) (17 June 2005)
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Although this movie takes place in the United States, when jack and rose go to the main land a Canadian Tire store is visible from their car. See more »

Quotes

Gray: I wouldn't be able to do that.
Jack Slavin: If you don't like your situation, then change it. If you can't change it, then leave it. It's your fucking life, man.
Gray: I appreciate it.
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A multi-layered web of desire and confusion
16 April 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Any film starring the Daniel Day Lewis is a pretty safe bet. Although indisputably sexy, he grabs the roles which once were only for 'character actors', which in Hollywood meant past the best, not-bland, kooky, or downright ugly. This time, he's an ageing hippy from Motherwell (judging by his impeccable accent), living on in an abandoned commune with Rose, his daughter (Camilla Belle) who has been so well kept away from the corrupting influences of the outside world that she behaves like his clone, or sister, or lover. Nothing lasts for ever, and here it's Jack's failing health and Rose's growing up that threaten the status quo. Jack's attempt to patch up his way of life which is falling apart like the commune house itself, means importing his actual lover, who brings her two sons. Awkwardly for Jack, all these people have their own lives and aspirations, which is something he will have become unaccustomed to on his little island, and the clash leads everyone in directions none of them expected. A further complication is the building of a dinky housing estate which Jack's terrorist policies cannot halt, and again, the man responsible for this inroad from the modern world turns out to be a human, too. The story raises lots of questions about freedom and responsibility; not least through the fact that Jack can only live his pure, undefiled life because of inherited money. The plot is full of surprises and so are the cast, negotiating a multi-layered web of intrigue with as much delicacy as strength. Rebecca Miller clearly is a writer of singular imagination, and if this, her third film (although she started acting on-screen in 1988) is the way she intends to keep directing, then that's just fine. CLIFF HANLEY


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