Movies: Misfits on a Sheltered Island

Richard Corliss reviews The Ballad of Jack and Rose

From the ruins of a Vietnam-era commune, Jack Slavin (Daniel Day-Lewis) has built a Hobbitish house for himself and his daughter Rose (Camilla Belle). The place is their bomb-shelter refuge from the modern world Jack fiercely resists. Now it is 1986, Jack is dying, and he decides that Rose, 16, needs a family to wean her from the isolation that has nurtured her. He invites his sometime lover Kathleen (Catherine Keener) and her two teenage sons to come live with them. The place was never quite Utopia, but it will soon become hell.

If The Ballad of Jack and Rose had shoulders,...

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