The Ballad of Jack and Rose

Synopsis: Jack lives on the site of his abandoned island commune with his 16-year-old daughter Rose. Jack has sheltered Rose from the influences of the outside world, but now Rose's emerging womanhood poses troubling questions about the days ahead. A man who has lived a life motivated by environmentalism and other altruistic causes, Jack now rages at those who do not share his concerns, like developer Marty Rance, who is building a housing tract on the edge of his property. When Jack invites his girlfriend Kathleen and her sons Rodney and Thaddius 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.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Rebecca Miller
Production: IFC Films
  3 wins & 6 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
112 min

- Is she here?

- She's downstairs.

You got thinner.

Hi, by the way.

I was thinking maybe

you'd come live with me.

- What?

- You heard.

You've never even

invited me out there.

- You like me that much, huh?

- Yep.

What about my kids?

Well, that goes without saying.

What about Rose?

- Have you thought this through?

- Through?

I've thought about it,

but I'm not clairvoyant.

- You know what I mean, Jack.

- Come live with me.

Quit your job.

Quit your jobs.

I can make life easier for you.

Just to prove that...

I'm in earnest...

Call that an early-retirement



It's not coming out right, is it?


I'm sorry.

Look, come live with me.

Give it a try.

I'll take care of you or you

take care of me. Whatever.

My kid needs a woman

around the place and... so do I.

I need you.

How's that?

What are you thinking?

I'm wondering if you're

crazy or not.

That's a waste of time, honey.

My poor tree house.

We can rebuild it. That's not a problem.

Do you really use it any more?

It's my house.

- Rose...

- Yes?

There's some people coming

that I've invited. Guests.

- Guests?

- People...

just come to stay for a while.

It's an experiment.


New chapter.


Welcome, strangers.

- I see you er...

- Yeah. A couple of things.

So glad to finally meet you, Rose.

- I'm Jack.

- Yeah, I'm Thaddius.

Thaddius. Right.

You must be Rodney. Welcome.

These are my boys.

That's Thaddius...


This is Rose.

Oh, I'm Kathleen.


Does anybody else live out here?

Er... used to be a commune.

There was 60 people living here,

give or take, at one time.

Engineers, farmers, carpenters,

a couple of scientists...

We were trying to...

Well, it wasn't what you see in the movies.

We weren't painting ourselves

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Rebecca Miller

Rebecca Augusta Miller, Lady Day-Lewis (born September 15, 1962) is an American independent filmmaker and novelist, known for her films Angela, Personal Velocity: Three Portraits, The Ballad of Jack and Rose, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, and Maggie's Plan, all of which she wrote and directed. Miller is the daughter of Arthur Miller, a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, and his third wife Inge Morath, Magnum photographer. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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