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Renton47's rating of the film The Ballad of Jack and Rose

All children are damaged from parenting - or should that just be "developed"? Here we get the unfamiliar perspective of a well-intentioned recluse whose actions have desirous ambiguities. It's a great cast (McDonald charmed me most), but sorely underwritten. Few insights are shared, and it's too stagey for naturalism. On the inconsequential side of Sundance-territory. 'Captain Fantastic' is a more pointed portrait.