Directed by Paul Bettany
Starring Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Mackie, Amy Hargreaves, Bruce Altman and Andrew Polk
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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★★★½ review by Carlos Laron on Letterboxd
This was a very interesting take on the topic of homelessness. I loved how it was just about the characters and how they found and grew feelings for each other , not emphasizing much on their situation though this movie is also a social commentary. It was just sugarcoated with the driving force that is love (okay I'm cheesy). Two strong actors held the movie on their own and it's something you should see. That piano sound halfway through really gave me chills.
★★★★ review by Serge (Hunter) The Movie Guy on Letterboxd
What this film lacks in storytelling, it makes up for it in performances and direction.
Paul Bettany's first directional debut is really something. I can't believe he cast his wife in this. Simply because, she does a lot of uncomfortable things in this film.
Jennifer Connelly & Anthony Mackie really give great performances in this. What I thought was interesting was during the first half of this film, Anthony Mackie was the lead while Jennifer Connelly was the strong supporting role. During the second half, Jennifer Connelly was the lead and Anthony Mackie only showed up 3 or 4 times throughout the film. It's within those 2 halves that I feel like the story starting going nowhere. I felt for the characters and the situation they were in. That being said, a lot of this film just fells like filler so it can lead to the next big thing.
I still think it's a powerful story overall with great performances. Connelly and Mackie are the reason this film works so well.
Check it out on Netflix now.
★★★★½ review by Matt Thomas on Letterboxd
Bettany's directorial debut is tremendously good work. Restrained yet still confident enough to not shy away from difficult issues. Mackie deserves some credit, but it is Connelly whom throws herself fully into her role - and its more than an exercise in weight-loss. She strips away all the glamour to become a believable, if ambiguous character. The scene towards the end is really challenging. That day on set certainly wouldn't be what most co-working husband/wife teams get up to! A fabulous partnership.
★★★★ review by RBlaze on Letterboxd
Anthony Mackie and Jennifer Connolly give great performance
★★★★ review by Tatiana on Letterboxd
the one time i dont mind a straight couple... and theyre both screwed
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