Premiering at Cannes last week was Jeff Nichols' highly touted psychological thriller TAKE SHELTER, which went ahead to win the Critics Week Grand Prix at the French film festival. Given that feat, and considering how affective the new theatrical trailer is, I have no problems catapulting the film to the top of my must see 2011 list. Snag a peek and see if you agree!
Starring Michael Shannon, Jessica Chastain (below), Shea Whigham, Katy Mixon, Kathy Baker and Ray McKinnon - TAKE SHELTER centers on:
Curtis LaForche, who 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.
Looks and sounds a tad like DONNIE DARKO to me, although Michael Shannon's work appears to be a cut above. For more TAKE SHELTER love, give our man Chris Bumbray's Sundance Review a glance.
Be ready to TAKE SHELTER October 7th.