To start with, the story of Shelter is one about a young artist, Zach, and his life. Living in poverty with his older sister, who is a single mom, Zach spends most of his time helping look after his nephew, Cody. Yes, the gay is a factor in what makes these two struggle with their relationship, but the biggest problems are not even about that.
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Forced to give up his dreams of art school, Zach works dead-end jobs to support his sister and her son. Questioning his life, he paints, surfs and hangs out with his best friend, Gabe. When Gabe's older brother returns home for the summer, Zach suddenly finds himself drawn into a relationship he didn't expect. I love this film so much, it brings back so many memories.
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Zach put aside aspirations for art school to help out his family, but a summer romance with his friend's brother forces him to make important decisions about his life. This title is currently unavailable. Learn more about Amazon Prime.
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Happy endings are rare in recent gay movies. So is the pressure to conform to heterosexual standards. Although it never discounts the impact of prejudice on a romantic same-sex relationship, it convincingly reaches for a less-tragic conclusion.
Sometimes a film that otherwise relies on stock storylines and even skirts the fringes of old-fashioned melodrama can rise up on the strength of other elements. Soon enough, Zach is hanging out with Shaun a lot. How many gay first encounters in film or fiction have involved alcohol and good-natured wrestling?
In ShelterZach Trevor Wright has dreams of making it one day as an artist, but has had to focus on his family as a priority as he works to help support his older sister Jeannie Tina Holmeshis disabled father, and his five year-old nephew. The two quickly develop a strong friendship, which blossoms into something more when Zach is tasked with taking care of Cody for an entire weekend. They are almost discovered by the return of Gabe, but Zach sneaks out of the house before he can be discovered. Soon his sister discovers the relationship between Zach and Shaun, and is upset for exposing her son to their lifestyle.