Ballast Reviews

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December 24, 2018
Ballast packs a punch and its raw, visceral quality is hard to forget.
August 22, 2017
Its sense of space and time contains not only sadness and boredom, but something more curious, the resilience of newly born hope, like a slender green spike emerging out of the soil.
June 14, 2016
Ballast, if anything, is spellbound by location, and we all know what a spell will do.
November 18, 2011
November 17, 2011
August 15, 2011
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.
July 29, 2011
His brilliant "Ballast" was as much a hit in Seattle as it was at Sundance.
May 12, 2011
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...
April 10, 2011
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.
March 22, 2011
The opening half hour is electrifying, the ending interestingly open-ended...
March 21, 2011
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.
March 20, 2011
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...
March 19, 2011
March 18, 2011
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.
March 18, 2011
March 17, 2011
Naturalistic performances from a non-professional cast add to the austere integrity and touching humanity of this bleak tale.
March 17, 2011
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.
March 17, 2011
A difficult, subdued film, but intelligent and with more intricacy and subtlety than at first appears.
March 17, 2011
Sags in the final third, but the impeccable craftsmanship keeps matters afloat.
March 17, 2011
Hammer makes exceptional use of British cinematographer Lol Crawley's evocative imagery and Kent Sparling's visceral sound design...
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