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Ballast

Kino Video   (2008) / Region A
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Ballast

A double prize winner at the Sundance Film Festival and one of the most critically acclaimed films of 2008, Ballast is 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 (Michael J. Smith, Sr.) is paralyzed with grief after the loss of his twin brother. Twelve-year-old James (JimMyron Ross) drifts into the perilous orbit of local teenagers while his single mother, Marlee (Tarra Riggs), is too exhausted from menial job to interpret the clues. When sudden violence mother and son to flee their home in the night, they alight desperately on Lawrence's property. Though this provides safe harbor, it rekindles the fury of a bitter, longstanding conflict. Writer-director Lance Hammer and his gifted cast of local, non-professional actors have created an unflinching, profoundly humane story of lost souls by circumstance to seek solace in the most unlikely of places.

Details

  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Oct 30 2009
  • Production Year 2008
  • Empire SKU 1503333
  • UPC Code 738329067120
  • Studio  Kino Video
  • Packaging HD
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-SL
  • Subtitles English, French and Spanish

Features

- Director supervised high-definition digital transfer from the 35mm interpositive.
- Ballast Scene Development, 37-minute making-of feature charting the evolution of several scenes through the improvisational conflict sessions and-month rehearsal process that gave form to the final film.
- Original theatrical trailer.
- A new essay by film critic Amy Taubin.

Audio/Video

  • Audio
    English Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Video
    Widescreen 2.35:1 Color

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