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Ballast

Rating:No Rating
Genre:Drama
Release Date:October 1, 2008
Running time:97 minutes
Cast:Michael J. Smith Sr., Jim Myron Ross, Tarra Riggs, Johnny McPhail, Ventress Bonner
Director:Lance Hammer
Producer:Nina Parikh
Writer:Lance Hammer
Distributor:Alluvial Film Company

Description: In the cold, winter light of a rural Mississippi Delta township, a man's suicide radically transforms three character's lives and throws off-balance what has long been a static arrangement among them. Marlee is a single mother struggling to scratch a living for herself and James, her 12-year-old son, who has begun to stumble under drug and violence pressures. So when the opportunity to seek safe harbor at a new home arises, she grabs it, though the property is shared by Lawrence, a man with whom Marlee has feuded bitterly since James's birth. With circumstances thrusting them into proximity, a subtle interdependence and common purpose emerge for Marlee and Lawrence as they navigate grief, test new waters, and tentatively move forward.

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