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The Ballad of Jack & Rose (2005)

Camilla Belle, The Ballad of Jack & Rose | BELLE
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Details Limited Release: Mar 25, 2005; Rated: R; Length: 112 Minutes; Genre: Drama; With: Camilla Belle and Daniel Day-Lewis; Distributor: IFC Films

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.''
Originally posted Feb 08, 2005 Published in issue #807 Feb 18, 2005 Order article reprints

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