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Take Shelter

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Original title
Take Shelter
Running time
123 min.
United States United States
Jeff Nichols
David Wingo
Adam Stones
Sony Pictures Classics
Drama | Psychological Drama. Independent Film (US)
Synopsis / Plot
Following his acclaimed debut, Shotgun Stories, writer/director Jeff Nichols re-teams with actor Michael Shannon to create a haunting tale that will creep under your skin and expose your darkest fears. Curtis LaForche lives in a small town in Ohio with his wife, Samantha, and daughter, Hannah, a six-year-old deaf girl. When Curtis begins to have terrifying dreams, he keeps the visions to himself, channeling his anxiety into obsessively building a storm shelter in his backyard. His seemingly inexplicable behavior concerns and confounds those closest to him, but the resulting strain on his marriage and tension within his community can’t compare with Curtis’s privately held fear of what his dreams may truly signify. "Take Shelter" features fully realized characters crumbling under the weight of real-life problems. Using tone and atmosphere to chilling effect, Nichols crafts a powerful psychological thriller that is a disturbing tale for our times. (From
2011: Cannes Film Festival: FIPRESCI Prize, Winner Critics Week Grand Prize
2011: Sundance Film Festival: Official selection
2011: Gijon Film Festival: Special Jury Award
2011: New York Film Critic Circle: Best Supporting Actress (Jessica Chastain)
2011: Independent Spirit Awards: Producers Award. 5 nominations
2011: Gotham Awards: Nominated for Best Film & Best Ensemble Performance
2011: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Supp. Actress (Chastain)
2011: Chicago Film Critics Awards: Best actor (Michael Shannon)
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