For peace of mind, shelters should promote safety and health. Homes protect us from outside forces that might do us harm. These films explore some threatening breaches and the subsequent reactions to them.

Home (2008) is directed by Ursula Meier. A happy family enjoy their seclusion by way of a deserted highway, which lies just outside their home . . . until they don’t. The French director does great work to illustrate the invasion of their sanctuary. Home is a hidden gem that should not be overlooked.


Safe (1995)

(1995) is directed by Todd Haynes. A woman must find the root of her ailments, and searches for remedies. Methodically immersed in her character, Julianne Moore shows admirable devotion relatively early in her career. Safe is a deceptively understated film that simply won’t leave you after the viewing.

Take Shelter (2011)

Take Shelter (2011)

Take Shelter
(2011) is directed by Jeff Nichols. Premonitions of impending danger drive a man to construct a storm shelter. His behavior ultimately comes into question by those around him. How much stock should be placed in intuition?

I highly recommend that fine films be sought beyond the gift of streaming services, by means of public libraries, rental shops and other deep explorations.


About the Author

Norbert made Murfreesboro, Tenn., his home in 1997. He conceived the Living Room Cinema column in 2006, and submits them regularly to the Murfreesboro Pulse. Aside from his love of films, Norbert is also an avid photographer. He is the very proud father of two, he beats on an old guitar, and plays a dicey game of Chess at best. Like Living Room Cinema at facebook.com/livingroomcinema.

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