Anxiety is born out of having something to lose.
When I began writing Take Shelter in the summer of 2008, I was in the middle of
my first year of marriage. Although both my career and personal life were on a
positive track, I had a nagging feeling that the world at large was heading for
harder times. This free-floating anxiety was part economic, part just growing
up, but it mainly came from the fact that I finally had things in my life that I
didn't want to lose. All of these feelings filtered directly into the characters
of this film.
Take Shelter follows Curtis LaForche, a working class husband and father, as he
deals with the panic that arises from a series of terrifying dreams. For Curtis,
these dreams are either harbingers of a supernatural storm, or early symptoms of
something he's feared his entire life. Curtis' strongest, most immediate
reaction is to protect his family, his wife Samantha and their six-year-old
daughter Hannah. The question for Curtis becomes, what is he protecting them
from, the storm or himself?
I wrote Take Shelter because I believed there was a feeling out in the world
that was palpable. It was an anxiety that was very real in my life, and I had
the notion it was very real in the lives of other Americans as well as other
people around the world. This film was a way for me to talk about that fear and
that anxiety. I hope there is an answer to this feeling by the end of the film.
I believe there is, and it's the reason that this wonderful group of people came
together to help me make Take Shelter.
-- Jeff Nichols
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