|Lot 47 Films | Release Date: August 18, 2000||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
The beauty of The Ballad of Ramblin' Jack lies in its ability to transform itself into a sad tale of loss, regret and missed opportunities while it also remains a solid documentary about a once-influential artist seeking his place in the sun.
What gives the story added insight - and detracts from it - is the personal quest of the filmmaker who bears the scars of having an itinerant rogue who was never around as a father.
A long overdue look at the man's art and an unself-pitying and unsparing exploration of her (his daughter's) relationship with him.
The ballad as it turns out is a duet between a dad and his girl, who'd often rather accentuate the positive than exploit pain, quietly proving that she is her father's daughter.
Bittersweet and often funny but overlong.
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