Friday, September 23, 2011

Take Shelter

Director: Jeff Nichols

Starring: Michael Shannon, Jessica Chastain, Tova Stewart, Shea Whigham, Katy Mixon,

Curtis (Michael Shannon) is a loving husband and father suddenly beset by schizophrenia. Together with his wife, Samantha (Jessica Chastain) and hearing-impaired daughter, Hannah (Tova Stewart), they live in rural Ohio. After a series of vivid nightmares he becomes obsessed with needing to protect his family from an imagined storm. Curtis takes out a massive loan, he can ill afford, and without consulting Samantha turns his backyard shelter into a huge and expensive bunker. Aware of familial schizophrenia, his mother (Kathy Baker) lives in an assisted-living center, Curtis tries to seek help, but as his anxieties are internalized his behaviour becomes progressively strange. When the hallucinations start to invade his waking life terrifying consequences follow. Technically a very good movie which tackles the emotive subject of mental health. Supremely acted and whilst not an enjoyable watch, well worth seeing. Not really for the faint hearted but the cinematography of Adam Stone is superb.

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