Sundance First Look: TAKE SHELTER, starring Michael Shannon

Chase Whale

by: Chase Whale
December 28th, 2010

I will see anything Michael Shannon does. He's one of the greatest actors of our generation, and it's only a matter of time before the Academy takes notice and gives him more than just a nomination.

Screening next month at Sundance is Jeff Nichols' TAKE SHELTER, starring Shannon. The film reteams Nichols and Shannon (Shannon starred in Nichols' SHOTGUN STORIES), and the story follows a man (Shannon) living in a small town in Ohio with his wife and deaf daughter who starts having terrifying apocalyptic dreams. Keeping them to himself, anxiety, paranoia, and other things that mess with the mind starts to kick in and he becomes unsure if he should shelter his family from a possible upcoming storm or himelf. Hit the break for the official synopsis and more photos. TAKE SHELTER premieres on Monday, January 24th, 2011.

Official Synopsis:
Following his acclaimed debut, Shotgun Stories, writer/director Jeff Nichols reteams 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.

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