There is a good deal of Edenic imagery in this film: a man and woman, a natural paradise, a snake that plays a key role in the film. The story isn’t so much a retelling of the Eden story as it evocative of that story. It wants us to think in terms of Eden, even if Eden is getting pretty run down.

(2005) Film Review

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CREDITS

Directed by Rebecca Miller
Written by Rebecca Miller

Cast (in credits order)
Daniel Day-Lewis .... Jack Slavin
Camilla Belle .... Rose Slavin
Catherine Keener .... Kathleen
Paul Dano .... Thaddius
Ryan McDonald .... Rodney
Jena Malone .... Red Berry
Beau Bridges .... Marty Rance
Jason Lee .... Gray
Susanna Thompson .... Miriam Rance
Anna Mae Clinton .... Young Rose

Produced by
Brian Bell .... line producer
Caroline Kaplan .... executive producer
Graham King .... executive producer
Melissa Marr .... co-producer
Jenny Schweitzer .... line producer
Jonathan Sehring .... executive producer
Ethan Smith .... associate producer Lemore Syvan .... producer

Original Music by Michael Rohatyn
Cinematography by Ellen Kuras
Film Editing by Sabine Hoffmann

MPAA: Rated R for language, sexual content and some drug material.
Runtime: USA:112 min

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The Ballad Of Jack And Rose
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SYNOPSIS
Click to enlargeJack (Daniel Day-Lewis) lives on the site of his abandoned island commune with his 16-year-old daughter Rose (Camilla Belle). Since the breakup 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.

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DARREL MANSON

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On an island off the east coast live Jack and his nearly adult daughter Rose. They are the only two people remaining at what was once a thriving commune with dozens of people. The setting seems idyllic, but is in decline. Jack and Rose live in near isolation from the rest of the world, but the outside world is encroaching quickly. Rose has known no other life than this, but she needs to learn because Jack could soon be dead.

There is a good deal of Edenic imagery in this film: a man and woman, a natural paradise, a snake that plays a key role in the film. The story isn’t so much a retelling of the Eden story as it evocative of that story. It wants us to think in terms of Eden, even if Eden is getting pretty run down. Central to this story is the innocence of Rose. She is completely undefiled. She doesn’t see TV. She rarely sees other people. Her whole world revolves around her father, whom she adores – perhaps way too much. As she considers his possible death, she tells him “If you die, I’m going to die.”

But because Jack is dying, he brings into this seemingly perfect world some outside influences, his girl friend and her two teenaged sons. The whole dynamic changes and Rose is not pleased. She seems to have some pretty serious Electra issues. She doesn’t want to share her Eden. She certainly doesn’t want to share her father. The scene that seemed so tranquil with just the two of them, becomes much more volatile and dangerous with the others intruding on their paradise. We discover that even in her innocence she is capable of surprisingly sordid behavior.

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