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3.0 out of 5 stars Bleak..., 19 Oct 2012
This review is from: Shame [DVD] (DVD)
I have to say that I struggled with this film. I am not a fan of this kind of bleak and harsh vignette where the story itself is buried beneath the performances and the 'shock factor' of the subject matter. This is one of those films where the viewer is invited to create some kind of internal commentary as a good deal of what goes on is really inside the characters' heads. Fassbender, as always, gives a mighty performance, almost like Patrick Bateman without the sociopathically violent tendencies, but he is just as absent, just as shallow, just as superficial as a human being. This is a story of sex addiction, no less an addiction than heroin or alcohol, but the consequences, at least mentally and emotionally speaking, are far more subtle. You can see alcoholism, you can see heroin addiction, but the real effects of this kind of addiction are invisible. Fassbender's 'Brandon' is perhaps slowly coming to realize the utter pointlessness of his life, and when we see him ruin the one shot he has at something potentially meaningful, we also see how utterly ruined he is as a human being. Neither comfortable nor 'safe', 'Shame' could have been a far more profound and meaningful investigation into Brandon's psyche and motivations. It is not a film I will watch again, and that - for me - says all that needs to be said.
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