Shelter may only be shoreline deep, and its ending fanciful, but the film captures the beauty, thrill and ache of young love and extracts a casual joy out of the process.
This comment is 3 years late since I just discovered the film. Since "A Single Man" I - a heterosexual woman - have become interested, really interested in gay movies, totally to my surprise! Not all are to my taste, but "Shelter" certainly is. The comment (which the author of the review will, alas, not probably read) concerns the so-called "fanciful ending". In fact, the plot is heavily influenced if not downright prompted by the very real life love story between Christopher Isherwood and Don Bacardy. There is a documentary about their lives, I may be wrong but I think it's titled "Chris and Don, a Love Story". Isherwood was (note!) a WRITER at the time they met, in fact a writer far more internationally recognised than the character here, but a writer (and the older of the two partners) nevertheless. He met Don Bacardy when he was 30 years older than Don. They fell in love and started to live together and Isherwood then discovered the artistic talent of his young lover, after which he almost forced him to attend an art school, not only paying all the expenses but also encouraging Don every day with his comments on his work. Theirs was a real love story that not only led to Don becoming a famous portrait painter but also lasted for 30 years. When asked whether they still sleep together after all these years Don answered "intertwined". To sum up, there is a very real life story in which a) the older partner is a writer, b) the older partner does his all to get the younger partner enter (and graduate from) an art school and c) their love lasts for 30 years, ending only with the older partner's death (and, in the case of the younger partner, still going on). Absolutely nothing FANCIFUL about it.
Oct 30 - 07:38 AM