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Addict or everyman?,
This review is from: Shame [DVD] (DVD)
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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Initial post: 19 Oct 2012 01:40:11 BDT
Excellent review - I didn't think he was so different from the norm, but the life that seemed to be on offer was a kind of dystopia from which sex provided an outlet. However there's no reason why they have to be watching mainstream films (or porn) - why not something more imaginative ...
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