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Shelter (2014)

TV-MA | | Drama | 11 December 2015 (UK)
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Hannah and Tahir fall in love while homeless on the streets of New York. Shelter explores how they got there, and as we learn about their pasts we realize they need each other to build a future.

Director:

Paul Bettany

Writer:

Paul Bettany (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Adolfo Mendez-Nouel Adolfo Mendez-Nouel ... Corrections Officer
Anthony Mackie ... Tahir
Kevin Hoffman ... Brendan
Teddy Cañez ... Station Officer
Steve Cirbus Steve Cirbus ... Jerry
Alok Tewari ... Abdul
Haythem Noor Haythem Noor ... Man at Mosque
Jennifer Connelly ... Hannah
Wilson Montuori Wilson Montuori ... Guitarist
Jean-François Ogoubiyi ... French Guy 1
Laurent Caillat Laurent Caillat ... French Guy 2
J.D. Williams ... Drug Dealer
Bruce Altman ... Peter
Susanna Guzman ... Housekeeper
Rob Morgan ... Franklin
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Hannah and Tahir fall in love while homeless on the streets of New York. Shelter explores how they got there, and as we learn about their pasts we realize they need each other to build a future.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 December 2015 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Auf den Strassen von New York See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Color
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Trivia

This is the first film Paul Bettany directed. See more »

Goofs

When Tahir pulls Hannah off the fence on the bridge and they both struggle on the ground, in the far away shot his arm is around her neck, but in the next instant in the closeup shot his arm is around her chest/torso. See more »

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Referenced in Talking Dead: JSS (2015) See more »

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This Christmas I'm Feeling Down
Written by Jamie Dunlap and Wendy Ellen Feldstein
Performed by Rob McDonald
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4 February 2016 | by kdavies-69347See all my reviews

This film moved me... or rather made me look at things a little differently I suppose. I normally give money to panhandlers, buy them a hot meal whenever I can. Where I live, homelessness is an issue that people don't concern themselves with as much as New York because the climate is warmer, and people generally survive easier I suppose. But this movie made me think about those individuals who are struggling in a deeper way.

Shelter takes place over the course of a few seasons in New York city. A tough place to be, and even tougher if you're homeless. It's hard to get by, and there is no shortage of people who are willing to take advantage of you. We are introduced to two such individuals played aptly by Jennifer Connelly and Anthony Mackie. Two different lives that simply interact one day, and forever changes their paths. Both are on the street for different reasons, and both have their own demons to deal with. Their paths intertwine and they begin to show real promise, as a couple just down on their luck, just looking for and hoping for any real opportunity to dig themselves out of the hole they are in.

What really sticks with you is how utterly believable the situations are. Most movies about homelessness, usually with a huge celebrity attached to it are much harder for me to believe, but with this cast and story it was so easy to fall into. Times are tough all over the world, and New York is probably more susceptible than most cities to find yourself in hard times and taken advantage of. I feel very grateful to not have been in any of the situations you witness in this film, but I promise you, it will make you think about those who are.

An excellent first story from writer/director Paul Bettany.

7/10


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