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Shelter (II) (2007)

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When his college dreams are sidelined by family obligations, a young man finds comfort in surfing with his best friend's brother.

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Forced to give up his dreams of art school, Zach spends his days working a dead-end job and helping his needy sister care for her son. In his free time he surfs, draws and hangs out with his best friend, Gabe, who lives on the wealthy side of town. When Gabe's older brother, Shaun, returns home, he is drawn to Zach's selflessness and talent. Zach falls in love with Shaun while struggling to reconcile his own desires with the needs of his family. Written by bill stephens

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Rated R for language, some sexual content and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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16 April 2009 (Germany)  »

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$3,464 (USA) (21 March 2008)

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$142,666 (USA) (20 June 2008)
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Trivia

Actor Trevor Wright has his last name WRIGHT tattooed across his lower back which is visible in one shot of "Shelter." See more »

Goofs

Were they using two different GMC Jimmys? In the first scene where Zach drives up Gabe/Shaun's driveway it looks/sounds like he put the truck in Park, but in subsequent scenes in the truck he was shifting a manual. See more »

Quotes

Shaun: You're so beautiful.
Zach: [laughs] Shut up.
Shaun: Hey, learn to take a compliment.
Zach: Thanks.
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lyrical, sweet and poignant
30 April 2008 | by (Brisbane, Australia) – See all my reviews

I'm previewing a disc version for the Brisbane Queer Film Festival where Shelter screens on Saturday 24th May 2008. Even in this low res screener, Shelter shines as a film with huge heart, and one that's been made with equal care by the actors and all of the film-makers.

It's not at all like the angst-ridden abomination of a gay surf flick "Tan Lines". Surfing is simply a fact of life element in "Shelter" - it's not used or abused as a device.

"Shelter" is a beautifully edited, spectacular looking and luscious sounding film which is definitely character driven. Each of the main characters is carefully developed so that we quite soon decide that we really do care about Zach, his young nephew Cody and Zach's love interest, Shaun. We want things to work out for them.

We understand that Zach is in a bind - he's allowed himself to be the physical and emotional anchor for a progressively more dysfunctional family, but we know that he deserves much better life options. The writers and director of Shelter have done a fantastic job - not a look or word is wasted, and yet the whole pace of the film is very relaxed.

"Shelter" deserves every accolade that any individual or Festival might care to bestow.

Straight audiences must find "Shelter" to be equally rewarding. The film's theme is, after all, about love, honour and commitment. What could be more wholesome than that?


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