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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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
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149 of 162 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By littlepea on 27 Feb 2013
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Umm, more graphic than I expected but it really made you think about the condition it portrayed. Very cleverly directed, chilling in some respects. Not sure its for everyone though and glad I didnt go to the cinema to watch it.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Clark Anthony on 24 May 2012
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I read all the reviews and they all seem to see Fassbender's character as an addict, someone who is atypical, an unhappy outsider, sick. The sister, too, is perceived as emotionally damaged. What if we were to see these characters as TYPICAL, as representing what life is like for many younger adults today living in massive anonymous ugly-chic cities, dividing their lives between workplaces where they are in constant anxiety about losing their job (or worse, not at work and not having a properly paid job at all), boxy apartments where they squat in front of screens watching mainstream movies or porn online, and dangerous night streets. As I watched this I couldn't help thinking, too, of Damian Lewis in Keane, an even more uncomfortable look at very similar themes. Maybe what we are seeing here is the present and future for young people. Three stars: the film is very memorable, but not at all enjoyable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By OwenDavies2 on 22 Jan 2014
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This film is incredible simply incredible!!!

Micheal Fassbender is really becoming a legend in my opinion his movies are thought provoking and he always picks films that really show his acting ability to the max. Carey Mulligan is simply amazing as well such a thought provoking movie
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Darcy on 21 April 2012
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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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ben Hamilton on 23 July 2012
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A wonderful, atmospheric and tense depiction of one man's sex addiction and his struggles through it. 5 stars for this film. It's a little on the long side, without much music, but the tense atmosphere created is wonderful and representative in a sense of the confines of addiction and how it leads to repeated self destructive behaviour in spite of negative consequences.
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24 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Robin Friedman TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 Dec 2011
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Directed by Steve McQueen, "Shame" explores sexual addiction, alienation, and loneliness in contemporary New York City. With its many sex scenes, the film manages to be unerotic. The movie and its actors have received numerous accolades. The acting is convincing and the scenes of city life well drawn. Many viewers will find this film disturbing.

The film stars Michael Fassbender as a successful 30ish professional named Brandon who cannot control his sexual appetites or channel his sexuality into a relationship. Brandon is both a predator and a victim. He is apparently able to pick up attractive similarly lonely women on the spot for short encounters. Brandon also uses the services of prostitutes. When he is home alone, he watches pornography and camgirls on his computer. He gets confronted with a wide range of pornographic material on his office computer. He is unable to function in an attempted relationship with a coworker, Marianne, (Nichole Beharie) which involves attempted emotion beyond sex. Fassbender plays this role well in his lines, dress, gestures, and facial expressions. He has a sense of decency and is at war with himself.

The other primary character in "Shame" is Brandon's younger sister Sissie played by Carrie Mulligan. Sissie has suicidal tendencies and is emotionally needy. She moves in with Brandon early in the film and the emotional tension mounts between the siblings as the movie progresses. Each sees the serious, devastating issues in the life of the other. Brandon's sexual addition and his relationship with Sissie become intertwined and form the two themes of this movie.

The movie makes have use of atmosphere to establish the sordid character of Brandon's mind.
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