Take Shelter

Vernon Film Society Director: Jeff Nichols
Cast: Michael Shannon, Jessica Chastain, Shea Whigham
Run Time: 120 minutes
Country: United States
Year: 2011
Language: English
Rating: PG(Coarse language, violence)

A Special Presentation at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival®, Take Shelter is a darkly compelling domestic drama-cumpsychological thriller set in the rural American heartland. Propelled by the mesmerizing performance of Michael Shannon (Machine Gun Preacher, Revolutionary Road) as a young husband and father plagued by apocalyptic visions, writer-director Jeff Nichols crafts a haunting and powerful film.

Curtis LaForche (Shannon) lives in a small town in Ohio with his loving wife, Samantha (Jessica Chastain, The Debt, Tree of Life), and their hearing-impaired six-year-old daughter. A solid, taciturn working class man, Curtis seems to have everything a modest man could wish for. When he starts having nightmares about ominous black clouds and an impending storm that threatens disaster for his family and small community, he does his best to push these visions from his mind. Keeping his turmoil to himself, Curtis starts channelling his anxiety into obsessively building a storm shelter in his backyard. His increasingly irrational and inexplicable behaviour soon imperils his job and the family finances, but the resulting strain on his marriage and tension within his community can’t compare with Curtis’s fear of what his dreams may truly signify.

Borrowing elements from the thriller, horror and disaster-movie genres, Take Shelter is ultimately a complex and engrossing family drama about a man striving to protect the ones he loves from the imminent threats he sees all around him – whether real or imagined. Using tone and atmosphere to chilling effect – from the glowering skies and forlorn landscapes, to the ominous chords of the soundtrack and unnerving special effects – Nichols masterfully creates an aura of unease. Together with Shannon’s performance, Take Shelter is a disquieting tale for our times that is both deeply unsettling as it is unforgettable.

" …a masterfully controlled piece of work on every level - from its precise modulation of mood to its piercing emotional accuracy, its impeccable craftsmanship and breathtaking imagery. " – David Rooney, The HollywoodReporter

Reviews: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/take_shelter/#top-critics-numbers

Official Website and trailer: http://www.sonyclassics.com/takeshelter/

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