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Plagued by a series of apocalyptic visions, a young husband and father questions whether to shelter his family from a coming storm, or from himself.

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Curtis, a father and husband, is starting to experience bad dreams and hallucinations. Assuming mental illness, he seeks medical help and counseling. However, fearing the worst, he starts building an elaborate and expensive storm shelter in their backyard. This storm shelter threatens to tear apart his family, threatens his sanity and his standing in the community, but he builds it to save his family's life. Written by napierslogs

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

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$52,041 (USA) (30 September 2011)

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$1,729,969 (USA) (16 March 2012)
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For playing the role of Samantha, Jessica Chastain was paid just $100 per day. See more »

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Curtis and Shannon live in LaGrange, Ohio. However, Curtis's truck has Erie County tags on its license plates. LaGrange is in Lorain County, one county to the east. See more »

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[first lines]
Curtis: [to daughter] No, no, no. Don't feed the dog, darling.
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Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #2.12 (2011) See more »

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Shelter
Written & Performed by Ben Nichols
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A compelling, flawless film.
19 February 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Wow. This movie was powerful, and it was written, acted, directed, and edited to perfection. Easily one of the best films of 2011.

Jessica Chastain is fantastic in this movie. Michael Shannon's performance is sublime, and his character is drawn perfectly. Every year, there are a handful of films that enter and leave theaters very quietly, then pop up out of nowhere to appear all over critics' year-end lists. Take Shelter premiered last year at Sundance and ran the festival circuit, picking up a handful of awards along the way, before opening in limited release back in September. Though it failed to make enough money to recoup its already modest $5 million budget, critics raved about the film and its central performance by Michael Shannon. Shannon plays Curtis LaForche, an Ohio family man who begins dreaming about an apocalyptic storm. Deciding at first to keep the dreams to himself, Curtis pours all of his energy into building a storm shelter in his back yard; his obsession with the shelter eventually strains all the meaningful relationships in his life. A piece of subtle, nuanced filmmaking, I feel Michael Shannon's performance alone made the film worth seeing, but the film itself is a perfect blend of drama and dread. It's a slow-burn psychological mind-bender that builds tension gradually, so it's not for everyone, but you can be sure you'll be witnessing some top notch filmmaking if you watch it.

I find it easy to reconcile both that he is becoming mentally ill, and that he has some prophetic vision.

A phenomenal film.


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