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Three inner-city teens find themselves stranded in a secluded beach house. In this strange and magical setting, Ray (Ray Santiago, Girlfight, Pinero, Meet the Fockers), his brother Spider (John Rafael Peralta), and their nine-month pregnant friend Maria (Marilyn Soto Santiago), set up housekeeping for the last few weeks of summer. But when jealousies erupt their makeshift family is put to the test.


Studio Cinequest Films
SKU 203335711
UPC 891640001225
UPC 14 00891640001225
Format DVD
Release Date 1/15/2008
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Name Santiago,Ray
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ReviewSource Entertainment Insiders
Review Benno Schoberth's first feature film "Shelter" is the story of Ray (Ray Santiago) and his hustler brother Spider (John Rafael Peralta) who attempt to find a place of their own away from the dangers of the city with the help of their pregnant friend Maria (Marilyn Soto Santiago)..."Shelter's" story is tricky and almost too deliberately told, yet, the maturity and understanding reflected in the interplay between Maria, Ray, and Spider is interesting. Writer/Director Schoberth manages to hold his frayed narrative together thinly by permitting his characters to each develop their own distinct personalities (no one is one note) that would be an outgrowth of prejudices, mental or emotional imbalances, and egotism...Indicative of good independent cinema (that with "Lost in Translation" and "Monster" is beginning to lose a definitive definition) "Shelter" is an uncompromisingly real absorbing take on a dour and difficult subject...You see, "Shelter" is a film about people we know or meet casually on the street or somewhere in public that aren't depicted as romantic poor poets or possible hidden geniuses that hope to offer some kind of outstanding contribution to the greater good of society. No, Maria, Spider, and Ray are just lost young people desperately seeking a place (with or without physical walls and dwelling rooms) where they can feel safe, at least, for a little while.
Reviewer Jonathan W. Hickman
ReviewRating 9
DVD, No Longer Produced
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Actor Santiago,Ray
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Jim Agnew, Film Threat intriguing portrait of the less fortunate and the paths their lives head. It's similar territory to Larry Clark's great street flick "Kids."
Jonathan W. Hickman, Entertainment Insiders Indicative of good independent cinema..."Shelter" is an uncompromisingly real absorbing take on a dour and difficult subject.
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