Shelter (2018)



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A subtle thriller set in Germany involving Mona, a Lebanese woman (played by Iranian-born, Paris-based star Golshifteh Farahani), and Naomi, an Israeli Mossad agent (Neta Riskin) sent to protect their informant who is recovering from plastic surgery to conceal her identity. Together for two weeks in a quiet apartment in Hamburg, the two women take us into a complex, multi-dimensional labyrinth of trust and mistrust, of honesty and deception, of loyalty and betrayal. The intimacy of the relationship that develops between Mona and Naomi is exposed to the threat of terror that is engulfing the world today. In this game of deception, beliefs are questioned and choices are made that are not their own. And yet their fate takes a surprising turn in this suspense-laden, elegant neo-noir.


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All Critics (10) | Top Critics (3)

Such a grim story could collapse with less capable performers, but Riskin and Farahani deftly shoulder the burden as the haunted, paranoid spy and her disconsolate yet glamorous charge at the heart of this international scandal.

Apr 5, 2018 | Full Review…

What might have been a tight two-hander steeped in grief-driven suspicion is, in the hands of director Eran Riklis, regrettably a slick, low-wattage affair.

Apr 5, 2018 | Full Review…

Attempting to be both a spy thriller and psychological drama about the emotionally complex relationship between two women from very different worlds, Eran Riklis' Shelter fails to convince on either front.

Apr 4, 2018 | Full Review…

Shelter is the kind of film that has characters talking about deception and bluffings while playing a game of poker. It breaks the "show, don't tell" storytelling rule over and over again.

Jul 2, 2018 | Rating: 4/10 | Full Review…

Neta Riskin and Golshifteh Farahani play the two women in a wide range of emotions as they speak the words of Eran Riklis' compassionate and realistic screenplay.

Jun 4, 2018 | Full Review…

This humane slow-burn espionage thriller gets deep under the skin as it follows an Israeli spy on what seems like a simple assignment in Germany.

Apr 18, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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