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Rated NC-17 · 99 min. · 2011

Drama


The well-endowed Michael Fassbender is the equally gifted Brandon, a dashing, charismatic yuppie who also happens to be a raving sex addict. While his extreme sexual compulsions don't appear to affect his work and social life, his sex-filled routine gets sidetracked when his younger sister Sissy (Carey Mulligan) shows up and crashes at his place. Her presence reminds Brandon of a traumatic past, which is quietly hinted at throughout the entire movie, but you don't walk away from this thinking you've seen an unshakable study of a man's crippling, pathological descent into self-destruction (for that, see Paul Schrader's 2002 Bob Crane biopic Auto Focus). The real shame in Shame is that the movie isn't as shaming as it thinks it is.


See our full review: <i>Shame</i> isn't as shaming as it thinks it is

Shame isn't as shaming as it thinks it is

First off, let me just say I don't feel sorry for any dude whose dick I can see from the back. That's the first strike against the lead character as played by Michael Fassbender in Steve McQueen's latest film, Shame. »

Official Site: www.foxsearchlight.com/shame
Director: Steve McQueen
Writer: Steve McQueen and Abi Morgan
Producer: Iain Canning and Emile Sherman
Cast: Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan, James Badge Dale, Nicole Beharie, Hannah Ware, Elizabeth Masucci, Amy Hargreaves, Lucy Walters, Jake Richard Siciliano and Anna Rose Hopkins

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