It took Daniel Day-Lewis almost a decade to join his wife, writer/director Rebecca Miller, in making Ballad, in which he plays Jack, a staunch environmentalist who lives on a former commune, isolated except for his tight relationship with his 16-year-old daughter, Rose (Camilla Belle). Keener plays the woman who turns their delicate world tumultuous. Miller sent Day-Lewis the script about eight years ago, before he’d met her. ”I was both attracted to it, and at the same time I knew in that moment I wasn’t able to do it,” he says. ”But I loved the way it was written: She has that wonderful thread of humor that runs through everything.” The two met not long after, married, and years later the timing was right. Filmed chronologically — a rarity — in the spare environs of Prince Edward Island, the movie (which debuted at the recent Sundance festival) was shot in a slim seven weeks, a spree compared to Day-Lewis’ previous eight-month shoot on Gangs of New York. ”To have a chance to go back to working that way was a joy in itself,” he says. ”[The story] is just alive, right in front of you the whole time.”
(The Ballad of Jack and Rose: IFC Films)
Posted February 10 2005 — 12:00 AM EST
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