cinema • sinema
Ballast Fri 22 — Thu 28 April • Gwe 22 — Iau 28 Ebrill USA/2008/96mins/15. Dir: Lance Hammer. With Michael J Smith, Jim Myron Ross, Tarra Riggs.
In the cold winter light of the Mississippi Delta, three people stumble under the weight of a shared tragedy. The death of a young man has left his twin brother, Lawrence, paralyzed with grief and his wife too exhausted from her low-paid work to see that their 12 year old is drifting into the orbit of local teenagers. When sudden violence forces mother and son to leave their home in the middle of the night, they flee to Lawrence’s property and while this provides a safe harbour, it quickly rekindles the fury of a longstanding conflict between them. Multi-award-winning writer/ director Lance Hammer teamed up with British Cinematographer Lol Crawley (Better Things, Four Lions) and a gifted cast of local, nonprofessional actors to create a profoundly humane story of lost souls seeking solace in the most unlikely of places.
“stunning” — Time Out “A startlingly assured, pitch perfect first feature.”— The New York Times