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Ballast (2008)

Director: Lance Hammer. Cast: Micheal J. Smith, Sr., JimmyronRoss, Tarra Riggs, Johnny McPhail. In the cold winter light of theMississippi Delta, three lonely people stumble under the weight ofa shared tragedy. Lawrence is paralyzed with grief after thesuicide of his twin brother. Twelve-year-old James drifts into theperilous orbit of local teenagers while his single mother, Marlee,is too exhausted from her menial job to interpret the clues. Suddenviolence forces mother and son to flee their home and they alighton Lawrence's property. This safe harbor rekindles the fury of abitter, longstanding conflict. Special features: "Ballast SceneDevelopment," a 37-minute making-of feature charting the evolutionof several scenes through the improvisational conflict sessions andtwo-month rehearsal process that gave form to the final film;original theatrical trailer; a new essay by film critic Amy Taubin.96 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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