Release Date : Oct 1, 2008 Wide Genre Movie :Art House & International,Drama
Mpaa Rating : Unrated
Actors :Michael J. Smith Sr.,Jim Myron Ross,Tarra Riggs,Johnny McPhail,Ventress Bonner,Jimez Alexander,Jean Paul Guillory,Marcus Alexander,Marquice Alexander,Lawrence Jackson,JimMyron Ross,Micheal J. Smith Sr.
The static living arrangement between three lonely souls living in a rural Mississippi Delta township is suddenly shaken up due to a tragic suicide in this intimate family drama from first-time writer/director Lance Hammer. Single mother Marley was barely getting by when her 12-year-old son James fell into a dangerous cycle of drugs and violence. Desperate to escape her current surroundings and save her son from becoming another statistic, Marley seeks safe harbor at a home on the property of Lawrence -- a man with whom she has been locked into a bitter feud ever since the birth of her son. Brought together by circumstance and left with little choice but to work through their hardships, Marley, James, and Lawrence do their best to move beyond the grief that has befallen them, and transform tragedy into the foundation for a new and hopeful future. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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New Review For Movie BallastAlthough the film never fulfils the promise of its elliptical, mysterious opening - the drama occasionally lacks momentum as it proceeds towards some sort of resolution - there's no denying its intelligence, compassion and assurance.
Geoff Andrew-Time Out
Debut writer/director Lance Hammer has rendered [Ballast] with something that can only be called radiant austerity.
Peter Howell-Toronto Star
This ostensibly simple film evokes whole lives in 96 minutes, and does so with sparse dialogue.
Joe Morgenstern-Wall Street Journal
This is a cinematic tone poem, where the dominant mood is a Faulknerian mix of sorrow and endurance...
Rick Groen-Globe and Mail
What this unclassifiable story may lack in decibels, it has in emotional depth.
Carrie Rickey-Philadelphia Inquirer
Ballast lacks ballast. Much praised by aficionados of minimalist indie cinema -- hey, who needs a plot when you've got mood? -- it's a wearying slog through anomie in a Mississippi Delta township.
Peter Rainer-Christian Science Monitor
Worth seeing as an example of the lengths to which a filmmaker will go to establish his career - but don't ever mistake it for sociology.
Kelly Vance-East Bay Express
His brilliant "Ballast" was as much a hit in Seattle as it was at Sundance.
With debut director Lance Hammer admirably holding on to his core values in a way that directors too easy to deliver a crowd-pleaser do not, this is a fine, low-budget independent film...
Graham Young-Birmingham Post
Hammer manages to do enough with his actors and his nuanced script to make this exploration of the way even disparate people can provide stability for one another seem surprisingly engaging.
The opening half hour is electrifying, the ending interestingly open-ended...
Philip French-Guardian [UK]
A hugely impressive, distinctive directorial debut and a compellingly humanist window onto a layer of American society that mainstream cinema likes to pretend doesn't exist.
This airy, quiet meditation on the struggle of three people to transcend abject poverty and unexpected loss will likely play as too dialled-down for many tastes, but persevering with it will reveal a rare, peculiar mystical quality...
Shaun Munro-What Culture
Quite a debut here from writer-director Lance Hammer, working on a minuscule budget in the Mississippi Delta, and evoking a memorably forlorn kind of regional specificity.
Tim Robey-Daily Telegraph
Naturalistic performances from a non-professional cast add to the austere integrity and touching humanity of this bleak tale.
Allan Hunter-Daily Express
This is a director who understands that a whisper can be as powerful as a shout, and in its own quiet way, Ballast is a stunning achievement.
Philip Concannon-The Skinny
A difficult, subdued film, but intelligent and with more intricacy and subtlety than at first appears.
Peter Bradshaw-Guardian [UK]
Sags in the final third, but the impeccable craftsmanship keeps matters afloat.
Alan Mack-Little White Lies
Hammer makes exceptional use of British cinematographer Lol Crawley's evocative imagery and Kent Sparling's visceral sound design...
David Parkinson-Radio Times
Drugs, guns, attempted suicide. The Mississippi Delta is a watercolour landscape in duns and half-colours. Black poverty is turned over like the underside of the American dream.
Nigel Andrews-Financial Times
It puts the 'blue' into bluegrass, but finds plenty of uplift and emotion too. Excellent.
David Parkinson-Empire Magazine
Powerful, semi-improvised performances bring us closer to the isolated characters, who movingly earn themselves the possibility of redemption.
Tom Dawson-Total Film
Has the sparse purity of barren trees and the brutal intimacy of a broken vow.
Duane Dudek-Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
... the cinematic equivalent of a miniature, a piece carved out of the stories of three troubled and damaged souls...
Sean Axmaker-Seattle Post-Intelligencer
The overall thrust of the story -- that downtrodden folks in desperate circumstances have the capacity for goodness -- is one too rarely seen.
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Movie Overview For BallastA single mother and her embattled son struggle to subsist in a small Mississippi Delta township. An act of violence thrusts them into the world of an emotionally devastated highway store owner, awakening the fury of a bitter and longstanding conflict.