Films

Ballast

Director: Lance Hammer

Country:  USA

Year of Production:  2009

Sundance Director Award Dramatic Official Selection Berlin

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Synopsis

A double prize winner at the Sundance Film Festival, and numerous awards internationally, BALLAST is one of the most acclaimed American independent films of recent years, a stunningly evocative story of personal catastrophe and communal redemption.

In the cold winter light of the Mississippi Delta, three lonely people stumble under the weight of a shared tragedy. Lawrence is paralyzed with grief after the loss of his twin brother. Twelve-year-old James drifts into the perilous orbit of local teenagers, while his single mother, Marlee, is too exhausted from her menial job to interpret the clues.

When sudden violence forces mother and son to leave their home in the middle of the night, they desperately flee to Lawrence’s property. Though this provides a safe harbor, it quickly rekindles the fury of a bitter, longstanding conflict between them.

Writer-director Lance Hammer, together with British Cinematographer Lol Crawley ('Better Things', 'Four Lions') and a gifted cast of local, non-professional actors have created an unflinching, profoundly humane story of lost souls forced by circumstance to seek solace in the most unlikely of places.

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Cast

Starring: 

Micheal J. Smith, JimMyron Ross, Tarra Riggs, Johnny McPhail

Credits

Director: Lance Hammer

Writer(s): 

Lance Hammer

Producers: 

Lance Hammer, Nina Parikh

Editor:  Lance Hammer

Cinematographer:  Lol Crawley

Production Details

Country:  USA

Year of Production:  2009

Language:  English

Duration:  96 minutes

Shooting gauge:  35mm

Original aspect ratio:  2.35:1

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Genre(s): 

  • Drama

Theatrical Release Date:  18th March 2011

DVD Release Date:  25th April 2011

Reviews

Nigel Andrews, FINANCIAL TIMES

"perfect."

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THE INDEPENDENT

 

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Wendy Ide, THE TIMES

"impressive new talent... sensitively crafted... outstanding photography"

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Geoff Andrew, TIME OUT

"genuinely bold, dark, honest... there's no denying its intelligence, compassion and assurance... CRITICS' CHOICE"

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EMPIRE

"beautiful…this is what slice-of-life cinema should look and feel like"

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DAILY TELEGRAPH

 

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DAILY EXPRESS

 

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LITTLE WHITE LIES

"a mightily impressive debut"

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DAZED AND CONFUSED

"FILM OF THE MONTH"

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TOTAL FILM

 

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NEW YORK TIMES

"A startlingly assured, pitch perfect first feature."

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