Shame 2011

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Brandon is a 30-something man living in New York who is unable to manage his sex life. After his wayward younger sister moves into his apartment, Brandon's world spirals out of control. From director Steve McQueen, Shame is a compelling and timely examination of the nature of need, how we live our lives and the experiences that shape us.

Starring:
Carey Mulligan, Nicole Beharie
Runtime:
1 hour 36 minutes

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Shame

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Product Details

Genres Drama
Director Steve McQueen
Starring Carey Mulligan, Nicole Beharie
Supporting actors Michael Fassbender, James Badge Dale
Studio Momentum Pictures
BBFC rating Suitable for 18 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars

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151 of 165 people found the following review helpful By S. J. Williams TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 Jan 2012
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This is a wonderful, powerful film which made a great impression when shown at the Leeds Film Festival in late 2011.

Brandon, brilliantly played by Fassbinder, works in New York in an unspecified job, but he is clearly successful and on the top table. His relationships at work are defined by his position in the hierarchy: his boss is his mate, but it is pretty clear that Brandon is eager to please him and that they are certainly not close. He has a series of sexual relationships with women in the film which are driven purely by sexual gratification: he visits prostitutes, seems skilled at picking up women in social encounters for no-strings sex and is clearly heavily into porn sites, including webcams and chat. He is sexually predatory, but only in seeking consensual sex. His home laptop 'sleeps' in porn access mode, it seems, and his boss complains that Brandon's computer check reveals a hard drive swamped with extreme porn: responsibility is deflected onto a recent intern. His flat is clean, characterless and monochrome: there are no signs that any of his frequent encounters leave any trace in his domestic life and it seems little more than a space to live in.

Into this emotional desert arrives his sister, Cissy, a singer. Despite her need for somewhere to stay, he is so determined on keeping his life uncluttered by an fetters, emotional or otherwise, that his agreement is only reluctantly given and given with very bad grace. Cissy's presence in his life once more and the emotional neediness which comes with it is something he can barely tolerate, not because it is simply inconvenient but because it stirs up unspecified emotional trauma from the past. She self-harms, desperately needs warmth from someone, but Brandon is unwilling or unable to provide it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 Jun 2013
Format: DVD
This is an artsy adult film about a socially inept man addicted to porn, particularly Internet porn. His NY apartment is furnished a bit Spartan. His boring life is interrupted when his sister, Carey Mulligan comes to stay. There is an awkward scene where he stares at her naked body while she showers. It is designed to show how dysfunctional and creepy Brandon has become in life, like the long drawn out subway scene. His sister is in a bad relationship and is as dysfunctional as Brandon. She is a nightclub singer. The suicidal Carey is desperate for intimacy as is hinted in so many scenes.

Brandon's dysfunction is apparently from living a semi-isolated life on a computer. His obsession with casual sex, porn, and masturbation causes problems in his life which escalates as the film progresses. Brandon realizes he has issues and takes steps to resolve those issues, but has trouble moving forward toward a normal sexual relationship that involves intimacy and only compounds things.

Fassbender and McQueen do an excellent job in capturing the character of Brandon as we see his despair, grief, and isolation. This is the type of film in which I had to watch the whole thing to decide if I liked it or not depending on the ending. After seeing the ending, I am still not sure, which is why I have opted to sit on the fence post at 3 stars. Oh wait! I will add a star for nudity...but I'm not a pervert.

F-bomb sex, nudity and some full frontal nudity (Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan, Mari-Ange Ramirez (first prostitute?),Nicole Beharie, Elizabeth Masucci, Hannah Ware (Internet girl?) DeeDee Luxe, Calamity Chang)
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Darcy on 21 April 2012
Format: DVD
A powerful and at times a shocking film, yet all credit to Michael Fassbender who pulls off a brilliant performance as a sex addict. I am still not sure where I stand with this particular movie, yet as I write this review after a week of watching the film... goes to show that the film is still playing on my mind.

The director gets the very best out of Fassbender, who plays Brandon, a sex addict who knows no limits!! He prefers no strings attached relationships, whether it's a one night stand or a threesome, in Brandon's world, there is no emotional attachment. He lives in his little cocoon, full of online porn and masturbation, that is, until his little sister turns up unexpectedly. The film then starts to focus on his decline, as he finds his privacy being invaded by the unwelcome guest, who seeks to get closer to her brother for the sake of her own loneliness.

A brave and bold attempt by the director who in my view manages to cleverly weave together a story that goes deep inside human psychology. Put the sexual scenes aside and what you will find is a clever film which manages to keep you gripped to the very end.
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I watched this after watching Carey Mulligan in Wall Street, they came out around the same time. It was mostly to gauge wtf is wrong with the male population with Brandon, played by Fassbender, lying there so still in the beginning you can be forgiven for thinking just how much sex must have killed him as seriously thought he looked dead .. Meanwhile turns out contemplating his next conquest was obviously what was requiring so much stillness and deep thought! God forbid he should be out to find love! So we all know now what to think next time you see a man (or so called) looking out like that.

Insecurities with human emotion and connection were what Brandon struggled with. Needless to say only got part way through the first watch as just irritated by mans thought as deep as a puddle as Brandon examines a baseball bat!

Watching it all the way through the second time makes one realise how disturbed society is and how each and every disturbed situation that seems to run itself & running over all those in its wake must come with its drastic turn of events before things can change for the better. McQueen directs this beautifully as those disturbed must have the realisation hit home hard before they can be helped even by a loved one.
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