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‘Gimme Shelter’ film based on true story

By Mary LaFrancis | Feb 27, 2014

To the editor:

It’s important to know about worthwhile events in the world today.

One of these is the new movie “Gimme Shelter” about a young girl, beaten and abused, searching for her father she has never known.

It’s rated PG. Apple is played by Vanessa Hudgens, and a kindly pastor is played by James Earl Jones. It’s based on a true story and filmed in the gritty streets of New York and a real shelter with other real pregnant girls where Apple finds kindness and support.

There are wonderful scenes, grubby and warm, vibrating with pain and ugliness, about failures and flaws, struggles and triumphs with powerful and compassionate performances that are improvisational and fresh.

This movie also brings a portrayal of the systems and bureaucracy that have broken down, making it hard to bring about meaningful changes in peoples lives but for the work of those like Kathy DiFiore, who founded the shelters where Apple finds light at the end of the tunnel.

Please don’t miss “Gimme Shelter” which will be in Fairfield from March 7-13 at the Orpheum Theatre. You won’t regret it!


– Mary LaFrancis, Fairfield

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