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Sheltered Life (2008)

Three teenagers form an unlikely bond on a road trip to nowhere in a wide open field behind a women's shelter. In a broken-down 1970's VW bus, upper-class-sixteen-year-old Josephine Nash, ... See full summary »

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Carl Laudan
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Natasha Greenblatt Natasha Greenblatt ... Josephine Nash
Valerie Buhagiar ... Candice Nash
Jaren Brandt Bartlett Jaren Brandt Bartlett ... Cal
Eve Harlow ... Kendra
Ryan Robbins ... David Nash
Jenn Griffin ... Christine
Dana McLoughlin ... Tina
Klodyne Rodney Klodyne Rodney ... Daphne
Desiree Zurowski ... Honey
Stefany Mathias ... Agnes
Julie Patzwald Julie Patzwald ... April
Marci T. House ... Vonda
Anna Cummer ... Anna
Cyler Point Cyler Point ... Eddy
Pamela MacDonald ... The Countess
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Three teenagers form an unlikely bond on a road trip to nowhere in a wide open field behind a women's shelter. In a broken-down 1970's VW bus, upper-class-sixteen-year-old Josephine Nash, wise-beyond-her-years Kendra and urban-poet Cal invent their own private Utopia. It shatters when Cal's mother is killed and he's forced out of the Shelter. Jo's anger detonates, throwing her onto a collision course with everyone around her. "Sheltered Life" explores themes of morality, vengeance, and justice, through these three friends, an ensemble cast of shelter women, and the story of a daughter who loves her mother enough to destroy the world. Written by Cineman

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Violence robs a society of its ability to make ethical decisions See more »

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Drama

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Wow - a decent low budget Canadian film for a change
11 October 2011 | by GrammarMattersSee all my reviews

Sorry to sound so pessimistic - but I have a very hard time watching many low budget films, and if I know a film is Canadian I suspect that 90% of the time I'm not going to be able to give it more than a few minutes before I give up on it ....

But Wow - I couldn't stop watching this movie. It was artistically and creatively filmed, and took great advantage of the strange beauty of it's stars, and I was hypnotized by the creativity of the cinematography.

I can't recommend this movie enough.

I was constantly transfixed by images that you just don't see in the standard mainstream films - and I just sat there in awe of the "art" of the whole thing.

And I must say the stars had a subdued and non-standard (to Hollywood) beauty about them. Valerie has always had that slightly strange beauty to her, and although she is definitely older, she still has a bit that something, and the young guy was very "pretty" - and the "non-annorexic" girl with the curly hair had this really strange attractiveness to her. She is just a hair away from being ugly - and yet quite pretty in her own slightly masculine Islamic sort of way.

And what an ending ! ....


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3 April 2009 (USA) See more »

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