Ever since his pregnant wife Maryam (Gayle James) has died 13 years
back, Thomas' (Michael Paré) life has been going downhill, and now he's a
homeless alcoholic who manages to scrape up just enough money to get
wasted by mugging people. One night he's hungry enough to break into a
house and empty its fridge ... but eventually he notices he can't get out
of the house anymore, and it holds mementos from his own past, as well as
from a past of his he has never experienced. He's so perplexed by this
that he jumps out of the second floor window just to escape the place ...
and lands in the sea, and eventually makes it to a rowboat, rows back to
land - and to a total other life he has never had. But is it heaven - or
is it hell?
The Shelter is most certainly not your
everyday spooker, though rooted firmly in the uncanny it avoids by and
large genre clichés let alone formulaic storytelling and instead presents
us with a very labyrinthine narrative that avoids explaining everything
away and intentionally pushes the doors wide open for interpretation. And
thanks to a subtle directorial effort that manages to not confuse
the audience even more but keep the viewer in constant suspense, and a
first rate cast, the whole thing translates to screen really well!