Monday, September 3, 2012

Scene of the Week - Take Shelter

By Sati. Monday, September 3, 2012 , ,
The Storm
directed by Jeff Nichols

The scene: The film tells the story of a man obsessed with building a storm shelter. Throughout the movie he is unsure whether what he is seeing is real or fake - hallucinations caused by schizophrenia he suspects he may be suffering from. In the finale, his wife finally convinces him to leave his paranoia behind and spend a day with her and their daughter on the beach. He agrees and the last scene of the movie shows him playing with his deaf daughter as she suddenly raises and shows him the symbol for the storm. He stands up and looks at something in the distance. Then we cut to his wife, who looks stunned, glancing at the distance and then at him. We see weird yellow raindrops falling on her hand, same we saw in the film's opening. And we finally see she is looking at the horrible storm approaching them. The ending is ambiguous - whether it's all symbolic showing that the wife accepted her husband's condition or - something I chose to believe in - it's cruelly ironic - the husband finally caved in and left the safety and now they are away from the shelter, facing death. The important thing though, is that they are together.

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18 comments:

  1. That's a great ending... I was like "oh man, he was right. Except, it was at the wrong place."

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    1. That was a terrific ending indeed, I must say last year's film really had some of the greatest endings I've seen - this one, Shame, Draogn Tattoo..

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  2. Chastain is sexy. Take Shelter is a good movie.

    That is all.

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  3. yup, one of the goosebump moments from the film!! Excellent!

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  4. Take Shelter is one of my favorites from last year. Great scene, and beautiful shots.

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    1. One of my favs from 2011 too, thank you!

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  5. Awesome ending to an awesome film! Still can't believe it got zero nominations at the Oscars.

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    1. Right? It's insane, at least Shannon and the score deserved nominations.

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  6. I am really looking forward to this movie! I skipped over most of this post in case of spoilers.

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    1. Oh, I think you'll like this one, it's very well made and the story is amazing.

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  7. It is a great ending- now that I think about it, it reminds me of Melancholia in some way or another! Love Michael Shannon in this movie!

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    1. Yeah, they both have kind of apocalyptic feeling to them!

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  8. I love the ambiguity of this ending. It has spawned many great discussions, with all sorts of theories being tossed around. One of the best films from last year, easily.

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    1. I love all the theories, really like the hopeful yet tragic feel in that scene.

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  9. The best film of 2011. Hands down.

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    1. Glad you liked it too! I really loved the movie, Shannon was just outstanding and the music was so atmospheric and gorgeous.

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