Movie House Memories

Take Shelter (2011)

Episode #58

Sony Pictures Classics released Take Shelter to theaters on November 10, 2011. Jeff Nichols directs the film which stars Michael Shannon, Jessica Chastain, and Shea Whigham.

Take Shelter Movie Summary

Curtis LaForche is a is a blue-collar family man from LaGrange Ohio. He and his wife are saving for an operation to have their daughter’s hearing restored when Curtis begins to have vivid dreams and hallucinations of natural disasters, social turmoil, and danger with his family and pet dog. He sees a unique storm, with rain like motor oil, and tornadoes spinning outward from a large center.

Curtis acts on the experiences he has. When he dreams his dog attacks him, Curtis ties the dog to a stake in his backyard. Curtis channels his anxieties over his dreams of the natural disasters into an effort to build a storm shelter in his backyard, straining his family’s limited funds.

Curtis begins to see a counselor at a free clinic even as his behavior becomes increasingly problematic for him and his family. He also pays a visit to his mother, who lives in a mental institution and suffers from paranoid schizophrenia. In order to expand his small backyard storm shelter into a more proper bunker, Curtis takes out a second mortgage without telling his wife.

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Sony Pictures Classics released Take Shelter to theaters on November 10, 2011. Jeff Nichols directs the film which stars Michael Shannon, Jessica Chastain, and Shea Whigham.

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  1. Did any of you see Jeff Nichols’ film from last year, Midnight Special? Was on a few top 10 lists. Might be a good choice for concessions.

    1. A few reviews of A Quiet Place have mentioned similarities with this film, which I can see. Y’all should check it out(maybe do a concessions..)

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