The Ballad of Jack & Rose Gaunt as a scarecrow, Daniel Day-Lewis fills the screen as Jack, a dying force of nature in an Edenic ex-commune, fighting suburban sprawl with his…
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The Ballad of Jack & Rose (2005)

Daniel Day-Lewis, Catherine Keener, ... | ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE... NOT Keener and Day-Lewis Ballad it out
Image credit: The Ballad of Jack and Rose: IFC Films
ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE... NOT Keener and Day-Lewis Ballad it out

Details Release Date: Aug 16, 2005; DVD Release Date: Aug 16, 2005; Movie Rated: R; Genre: Drama; With: Camilla Belle and Daniel Day-Lewis; Distributor: IFC Films

Gaunt as a scarecrow, Daniel Day-Lewis fills the screen as Jack, a dying force of nature in an Edenic ex-commune, fighting suburban sprawl with his last breath. Daughter Rose (Camilla Belle, an old soul in waif's clothing) shares his us-against-the-world view — and rebels when Jack's lover (a softer-edged Catherine Keener) and her two sons prove more intrusive than the developers. Writer-director Rebecca Miller, Day-Lewis' wife, doesn't skimp on the incestuous subtext or obvious symbolism (ahem, a snake slinks past as Rose loses her innocence), but in the actors' agile hands, this bewitching Ballad of Jack & Rose stops short of tawdry. EXTRAS None.

Originally posted Aug 12, 2005 Published in issue #834-835 Aug 19, 2005 Order article reprints
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