• 2008
  • US
  • 15
  • Directed by: Lance Hammer
  • Written by: Lance Hammer
  • Cast: Michael J Smith Sr, Jim Myron Ross, Tarra Riggs, Johnny McPhail

Clearly influenced by the films of Robert Bresson and the Dardenne Brothers, this debut feature from writer/director Hammer examines the impact of a suicide on three members of an African-American family. Beautifully shot, and featuring powerful, semi-improvised performances from a non-professional cast.

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Critically acclaimed US indie Ballast reaches UK

2 Mar 20113 stars

Powerful, semi-improvised performances from non-professional cast

96min The critically acclaimed Ballast, which has taken several years to reach British shores, is a rarity: it’s a US indie, which warrants being labelled as a bona fide art film. Clearly influenced by the works of Robert Bresson and the Dardenne…

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