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Fassbender plays a successful New York professional that wallows in random sexual encounters. While he is never labeled an addict, per se, his behavior is certainly compulsive and seems to invade and control every aspect of his day. He seems to relish the life, except in moments of introspection, but his ability to connect with people on a meaningless physical level has superceded any real emotional relationships. When his troubled sister (Mulligan) stays with him, it seems to stir up a lot of conflicting feelings. The two do a strange and compelling dance of dysfunction.Read more ›
SHAME has been called the "movie about the sex addict" and this is a rather unfair over-simplification. It also implies that there might be lots of juicy sex scenes, especially given its NC-17 rating. If THIS is what you're expecting, you are in for a disappointment.
Director Steve McQueen's film is a character study of one very specific sex addict, Brandon (Michael Fassbender). And I'm not even sure if Brandon is a sex addict or something different. He is certainly a man driven to spending virtually all his spare time (and much of his time at work) viewing porn and pleasuring himself. He spends lots of money on prostitutes. He is also attractive enough to draw yearning from women looking for a good time and a quickie in an alley (literally at one point). But NONE of these activities give him any pleasure whatsoever. In fact, he seems to suffer a psychic pain at his despair in not truly drawing any pleasure from his compulsions. I read one review in which the viewer describes him as a "monster." I felt much the opposite...he is a creature to be pitied. Having said that, I felt pity mostly because we saw everything from Brandon's perspective. Not much attention is paid to the damage he may be causing others (with one key exception, which I'll discuss below)...therefore, we see HIS torment and HIS unhappiness and HIS damage. It's hard not to feel sorry for him, even as we're repulsed by his activities. This is a smart guy who knows better...but his self-knowledge only makes him hate himself more...Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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Boring and not worth my time. Didn't finish watching it. The topic of sexual addiction has been better explored, as in Eyes Wide Shut, etc.Published 8 days ago by Shirley J. Henderson
I think this was supposed to have the deeper meaning of "shame" but all I really saw was gratuitous sex scenes and a lot of crying. Not a huge amount of plot here.Published 10 days ago by MMReview
Arrived a lot sooner than I thought. The movie is amazing. Fassbender is amazingPublished 13 days ago by Khairo Robinson
I liked the movie. Great acting and characters with whom I can relate after having lived in NYC for years. Their story is unique but not unbelievable.Published 18 days ago by Scooter1968
Micheal Fassbender is very good in this movie. Steve McQueen has touched on a subject that a lot of people ignore.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer