History Film / TakeShelter

11th Jan '16 5:42:49 PM pittsburghmuggle
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* VaguenessIsComing: The PowersThatBe - if his hallucinations are really true - aren't being really clear. Curtis even delivers this as a character in the page quote.
17th Nov '15 4:03:59 PM eroock
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-->--'''[[MadOracle Curtis LaForche]]'''

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-->--'''[[MadOracle -->-- '''[[MadOracle Curtis LaForche]]'''



* BookEnds: The movie begins and ends with the "motor oil" rain falling and a massive storm coming.

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* BookEnds: {{Bookends}}: The movie begins and ends with the "motor oil" rain falling and a massive storm coming.
24th Aug '15 12:31:34 PM Shnakepup
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A construction worker in Elyria, Ohio named Curtis [=LaForche=] begins having apocalyptic dreams about a terrible storm. At first dismissing them as being from stress, the dreams become more and more intense. Worried about the welfare of his family, Curtis begins a paranoid project of expanding the storm shelter in his backyard.

However, Curtis's mother is schizophrenic. Realizing that he might be manifesting symptoms of her disease, he starts seeing doctors about possible entering treatment. Torn between an unshakeable conviction that something terrible is about to happen, and the fear that he might be going crazy, Curtis's life begins to fall apart.

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A construction worker in Elyria, Ohio named Curtis [=LaForche=] begins having apocalyptic dreams about a terrible storm. At first dismissing them as being from stress, Curtis soon can't ignore them anymore as the dreams become more and more intense.intense, causing him to act erratically in real life. Worried about the welfare of his family, Curtis begins a paranoid project of expanding the storm shelter in his backyard.

However, it's revealed that Curtis's mother is schizophrenic. Realizing that he might be manifesting symptoms of her disease, he starts seeing doctors about possible possibly entering treatment. Torn between an unshakeable conviction that something terrible is about to happen, and the fear that he might be going crazy, Curtis's life begins to fall apart.
apart.
18th Oct '14 3:11:01 PM eroock
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* NoAntagonist: The hero has to face himself.
5th Sep '14 8:53:43 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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2011 film written and directed by Creator/JeffNichols and starring Creator/MichaelShannon and JessicaChastain.

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2011 film written and directed by Creator/JeffNichols and starring Creator/MichaelShannon and JessicaChastain.
Creator/JessicaChastain.
24th Aug '14 1:23:28 PM MarkLungo
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* AStormIsComing: TheMovie.


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* AStormIsComing: TheMovie.
10th Apr '14 8:00:23 AM StClair
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* GainaxEnding: [[spoiler:Did Curtis's nightmares come true, or was it just another nightmare]].

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* GainaxEnding: [[spoiler:Did Curtis's nightmares come true, or was it just another nightmare]].nightmare?]]
9th Dec '13 12:36:36 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* AloneWithThePsycho: Curtis wife and his daughter have one of these moments inside the storm shelter.

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* AloneWithThePsycho: Curtis wife and his daughter have one of these moments inside In the storm shelter.shelter, Curtis' interactions with his wife take on this tone when she repeatedly asks him to open the shelter and he repeatedly refuses.



* BookEnds: The movie begins and ends with similar scenes.

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* BookEnds: The movie begins and ends with similar scenes.the "motor oil" rain falling and a massive storm coming.



* [[spoiler:CassandraTruth:]] Doubles as an OhCrap moment.

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* [[spoiler:CassandraTruth:]] Doubles as an OhCrap moment.CassandraTruth: [[spoiler:Curtis was right all along, if you believe that the final scene is real]].



* ChekhovsGun: [[UsefulNotes/SignedLanguage The "storm" sign]] gives viewers a hint as to what's upcoming in the final scene.

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* ChekhovsGun: ChekhovsGun:
** The storm shelter. You know it's going to get used at some point.
**
[[UsefulNotes/SignedLanguage The "storm" sign]] gives viewers a hint as to what's upcoming in the final scene.



* TheFaceless: The faces of the people in Curtis's dreams are always blurry or obscured.

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* TheFaceless: The faces of the people strangers in Curtis's dreams are always blurry or obscured.



* GainaxEnding: Up to the viewer.
* [[IAmNotMyFather I Am Not My Mother]]: Curtis knows that he might actually be schizophrenic, but he wants to avoid having a total breakdown like his mother did; when he was young, she left him abandoned in a parking lot when she had her break. To avoid possibly hurting his family, Curtis secretly begins seeking pyschological help.
* LeftHanging: [[spoiler: A common complaint about the movie is that you really don't get closure on the larger elements of the plot. Can Curtis overcome his issues? Was he actually right? These questions are unresolved and left up to the interpretation of the viewer.]]
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: Is Curtis having prophetic dreams about a future calamity? Or is he just going insane, falling victim to schizophrenia just like his mother? By the end of the movie [[spoiler:its revealed that Curtis's dreams may have come true, but if so, they tragically were wrong about the actual ''location'']].
** [[spoiler:that 'revelation' still falls under [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane Maybe Magic Maybe Mundane]]. That scene might have been just another Curtis's dream - mirroring the very first scene of the movie. The implication would be that this time his family supported him in his dream.]]

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* GainaxEnding: Up to the viewer.
[[spoiler:Did Curtis's nightmares come true, or was it just another nightmare]].
* [[IAmNotMyFather I Am Not My Mother]]: IAmNotMyFather: Curtis knows that he might actually be schizophrenic, but he wants to avoid having a total breakdown try to keep it under control so that he doesn't abandon his family like his mother did; when he was young, she left him abandoned in did after a parking lot when she had her break. To avoid possibly hurting his family, Curtis secretly begins seeking pyschological help.
complete breakdown.
* LeftHanging: [[spoiler: A common complaint about the movie The ending is that you really ambiguous. We don't get closure on the larger elements of the plot. Can know if Curtis overcome his issues? Was he actually right? These questions are unresolved was sane all along and an actual prophet or if he's just having one last nightmare. If the storm is real, does the family survive? And if not, does Curtis ever get well? Everything is left up to the interpretation of the viewer.open and unresolved.]]
* MadOracle: Curtis has what seems to be prophetic dreams and has several signs of schizophrenia. The question is whether he's mad, an oracle, or both.
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: Is Curtis having prophetic dreams about a future calamity? Or is he just going insane, falling victim to schizophrenia just like his mother? By the The end of the movie [[spoiler:its revealed [[spoiler:suggests that Curtis's his dreams may have come true, but if so, they tragically were wrong about the actual ''location'']].
** [[spoiler:that 'revelation' still falls under [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane Maybe Magic Maybe Mundane]]. That scene
real, but it might have been just be another Curtis's dream - mirroring the very first scene of the movie. The implication would be that this time his family supported him in his dream.]]dream]].



* MundaneMadeAwesome: Justified. Curtis overcoming his anxiety and being able to open the door of the storm shelter.
* PromotionToParent: Curtis's older brother is implied to have had this after their mother had her breakdown, since he was much older than Curtis.

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* MundaneMadeAwesome: Justified. Curtis overcoming his anxiety and being able to throwing open the shelter door of the storm shelter.
* PromotionToParent: Curtis's older brother
into blinding white white sunshine is implied to have had this after their mother had her breakdown, since he was much older than Curtis.a breakthrough for his character.



* ReluctantPsycho: Curtis has shades of this, since he realizes that he might actually be insane. He begins seeing a therapist in secret and spends just as much time worrying about protecting his family from ''him'' as he does protecting them from the storm.
* TheSchizophreniaConspiracy: Curtis's mother is explicity stated to have Paranoid Schizophrenia. Curtis is worried that maybe he has it too, though even he realizes that he only fits a few of the symptoms (not enough for a full diagnosis).
* ThroughTheEyesOfMadness: The viewer is kept in the dark throughout the movie as to whether Curtis is really insane or not. It turns out [[spoiler:he was right. Tragically, this was ''after'' he had accepted that he was crazy and was seeking help for it. The doctor recommended that he get away from his home for a while, so the family finally take the vacation to Myrtle Beach that they've been saving for. Playing on the beach with his daughter, Curtis notices storms in the sky and realizes that his apocalyptic dream is coming true as multiple waterspouts drop from the clouds and an oily rain begins falling.]]
** [[spoiler: Or, he was wrong and the last scene can be interpreted as either another dream, or a more surreal depiction that his family is now on the same page as him regarding his perception of the world. There are other interpretations to, and it's ultimately left up to the viewer to decide what the final scene, and the whole movie, meant.]]
* VomitIndiscretionShot: Curtis, feeling sick at work.

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* ReluctantPsycho: Curtis has shades of this, since he realizes believes that his nightmares are probably the result of schizophrenia, but he might actually be insane. He begins seeing a therapist in secret and spends just as much time worrying about protecting cannot stop himself ruining his family from ''him'' as he does protecting them from the storm.
life by taking precautions should they be real.
* TheSchizophreniaConspiracy: Curtis's mother is explicity explicitly stated to have Paranoid Schizophrenia. Curtis is worried that maybe he has it too, though even he realizes that he only fits a few of the symptoms (not enough for a full diagnosis).
* ThroughTheEyesOfMadness: The viewer is kept in the dark throughout the movie as to whether Curtis is really insane or not. It turns out [[spoiler:he was right. Tragically, this was ''after'' he had accepted that he was crazy We see everything through Curtis's eyes, including his frequent nightmares and was seeking help for it. The doctor recommended that he get away from his home for a while, so the family finally take the vacation to Myrtle Beach that they've been saving for. Playing on the beach with his daughter, Curtis notices storms in the sky and realizes that his apocalyptic dream is coming true as multiple waterspouts drop from the clouds and an oily rain begins falling.]]
** [[spoiler: Or, he was wrong and the last scene can be interpreted as either another dream, or a more surreal depiction that his family is now on the same page as him regarding his perception of the world. There are other interpretations to, and it's ultimately left up to the viewer to decide what the final scene, and the whole movie, meant.]]
hallucinations.
* VomitIndiscretionShot: Curtis, feeling sick Curtis has a panic attack at work.work from phantom thunderclaps, causing him to vomit and flee.
16th Aug '13 2:30:05 PM ShadowHog
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* FootFocus: A rare non-fetish example, stemming from a particularly disturbing dream.
27th Jun '13 10:10:24 AM Prfnoff
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2011 film written and directed by Creator/JeffNichols and starring MichaelShannon and JessicaChastain.

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2011 film written and directed by Creator/JeffNichols and starring MichaelShannon Creator/MichaelShannon and JessicaChastain.
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