Shame | Indy Week


Rated NC-17 99 min. 2011

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.

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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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