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Take Shelter

Plagued by a series of apocalyptic visions, a young husband and father questions whether to shelter his family from a coming storm, or from himself.

Take Shelter is a 2011 American psychological thriller drama film, written and directed by Jeff Nichols and starring Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain. The plot follows a young husband and father (Shannon) who is plagued by a series of apocalyptic visions, and questions whether to shelter his family from a coming storm, or from himself. The film won two Saturn Awards, Best Writing for Nichols and Best Actor for Shannon, and was nominated for two more, Best Horror or Thriller Film and Best Actress for Chastain.

'What makes Nichols' film so satisfying, at least until the melodrama of the final act, is the deftness of the characterisations and the constant sense that things are probably considerably more complex than they're perceived.' Sight and Sound

'An impressively sustained slow-burn parable from writer-director Jeff Nichols, shot with ominous beauty, guarding its mysteries with care.' Daily Telegraph UK

'A hallucinatory thriller anchored by a deeply resonant sense of unease.' Variety

Awards:

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA 2012
Winner of the Saturn Award for Best Actor - Michael Shannon
Best Writing - Jeff Nichols

Austin Film Critics Association 2011
Winner of the AFCA Award for Best Actor - Michael Shannon
Best Supporting Actress - Jessica Chastain
Winner of the Austin Film Award - Jeff Nichols
Winner of the Breakthrough Artist Award- Jessica Chastain

Cannes Film Festival 2011
Winner of the Critics Week Grand Prize - Jeff Nichols
Winner of the FIPRESCI Prize for Directors' Fortnight or Critics' Week - Jeff Nichols
Winner of the SACD Award - Jeff Nichols

New York Film Critics Circle Awards 2011
Winner NYFCC Award for Best Supporting Actress - Jessica Chastain

New York Film Critics, Online 2011
Winner of the NYFCO Award for Best Actor - Michael Shannon
Breakthrough Performance - Jessica Chastain

Toronto Film Critics Association Awards 2011
Winner of the TFCA Award for Best Actor - Michael Shannon
Best Supporting Actress - Jessica Chastain

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