The Ballad of Jack & Rose (15)

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Daniel Day-Lewis returns to the screen as pious backwoods idealist Jack, living on an abandoned island commune with his 16-year-old daughter Rose (Camilla Belle). Writer-director Rebecca Miller, Day-Lewis's wife, seems to have about 10 different stories going at once, including the rape of the land by developers, teenage angst, a man's inability to make relationships work, fatal illness and the merest whisper of incest.

Innocence is also a theme, flagged by the arrival of the most symbolic snake to ever appear in a movie. It's a complete mess, in short, a film about adolescents that looks very much like it's been made by one.

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