Shelter - 2014 - 6/10
Homeless man from Nigeria forms fragile relationship with heroin addict.
He recognizes a soul in crisis. She says she doesn’t need anyone.
Predictable, despite the bonus Q&A session with director Paul Bettany saying this is based on real life observations of a homeless pair outside his window.
Really? One far-fetched sequence had the couple encamp in a posh Manhattan apartment after the vacationing owners left a door unlocked (apparently no security system). Trusting New Yorkers.
The street living couple are rather clean, too. Clothes - hair.
Gradually, they share their backstories and that telegraphs how their ends will play out.
Gritty downer, yet their misfortunes are more in keeping with Lemony Snicket rather than Ken Loach.