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Shelter

(DVD - 2008 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Shelter


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Forced to give up his dreams of art school, Zach works dead-end jobs to support his sister and her son. Not certain about his life, he paints, surfs and hangs out with his best friend, Gabe. When Gabe's older brother returns home for the summer, Zach suddenly finds himself drawn into a relationship he did not expect. Struggling to reconcile his own desires with those of his family and friends, he is finally forced to be true to himself. He discovers that with the power of love he can have a future with promise.
Statement of Responsibility: Here! Films/Regent presents a GP Pictures production ; produced by Paul Colichman, Stephen P. Jarchow, J.D. Disalvatore ; written and directed by Jonah Markowitz
Title: Shelter
[videorecording]
Publisher: Los Angeles, CA :, Liberation Entertainment ;, [Santa Monica, Calif.] :, Distributed by Genius Entertainment,, [2008]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (88 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
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Report This Mar 27, 2014
  • MeaninglessBark rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Shelter is an unusual first love queer film in that other than some issues with the main character accepting his sexuality it's devoid of most the well worn plot elements typically found in queer films. (Actually it has one of the standard cliches: a love making scene that with all the slamming around of bodies seems like it could be a touch football game/wrestling match.) What makes Shelter particularly appealing is that it's a film about queer guys who aren't club hopping, diva loving, fashion addicted, gossipy, or "sassy." The main character is a skateboarding surfer guy who's also a talented urban artist. A great film for any guy who has never really found any queer cinema characters he identifies with.

Report This Oct 17, 2013
  • petehoover98118 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Wonderful film. Since it documents the coming of age and bonding of two gay men who wind up with a child to care for, and I know couples like that, it's easy to relate to. Rather than some kind of sweet fantasy, I can point to certain people I know and say "This was your story, wasn't it?" .Something a little odd in the movie is that at no point in the movie do Sean and Zach ever say "I love you." The closest that they come is when Zach explains to Jean "Sean really cares about Cody......and me" What's really odd about this is that in the directors commentary, including both actors and the director, the two actors say it back and forth to each other so constantly that it seems that as actors there's some real love there that they've managed to bring to the movie.

Report This Feb 15, 2012
  • jmmason rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a terrific American movie written and directed by new-comer Jonah Markowitz. It is a remarkably mature accompolishment and a step forward in the evolution of gay film making. This is a coming of age story set in an urban California town (San Pedro) where Zach works a dead-end job to help support his sister and her young son. He surfs and hangs out with his rich friend in Laguna whose brother comes to visit from L.A. Zach had to forgo art school and is trying to cope with that disappointment as well as the daily demands of others. What makes this movie special is that it is about two people who happen to be gay. There's a delightful twist added-in that will give Christians the willies. Plus there's a dog. The actors are excellent, especially Trevor Wright as the conflicted Zach.

Report This Nov 12, 2011
  • JaiWaetfordFan rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Best Movie in the whole wide world. I hope when everybody who watch this will not be afarid of coming out to anyone.. I love the plot everything the two love birds and this flim are great

Report This Jun 20, 2010
  • durogoff rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

One more commonplace film about coming out of the closet. Action: San Francisco... and the film makes it look as a difficult thing to come out in SF!

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