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An outwardly ordinary man must come to terms with his inner compulsions in this powerful drama from filmmaker Steve McQueen. Brandon (Michael Fassbender) is a successful businessman in his early 30s who lives in New York. To most around him, Brandon seems cool and introverted, but inside Brandon is wrestling with a powerful sexual appetites; he's obsessed with pornography and prefers short-term relationships with women that allow him to keep the world at arm's length. The grim routine of Brandon's life is upended when his sister Sissy (Carey Mulligan) stops by for an extended visit without prior notice. While Brandon is reserved, Sissy is a musician, outgoing and flashy, who doesn't seem to care about her brother's need for privacy. As Sissy forces Brandon to look closely at his present, he also must confront with his past, and comes to understand the circumstances that made him the man he is today as his veneer of calm begins to crack.
Michael Fassbender plays outwardly successful New Yorker, Brandon, whose secret shame is a sex addiction that he feeds through pornography, prostitutes and sex with strangers. His life and all its dark recesses is brought sharply into light, however, with the arrival of his emotionally unstable sister, Sissy (played by Carey Mulligan).
As if we needed any more proof of Michael Fassbender's intensely impressive acting talent, Shame provides it in abundance. Wounded and vulnerable, numb and heartless; Fassbender's Brandon is a brilliant study of the debilitating effect of loneliness and the comfort of an addiction as a substitute for healthy relationships.
McQueen creates the perfect atmosphere for his stars to shine, including Mulligan who nearly steals the show from under the leading man's nose.
A difficult watch, indeed, but an unmissable one too.
Certificate: 18 Suitable for 18 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 18, by placing an order for this product you are declaring that you are 18 years or over.
Director Name: Steve McQueen
Release Date: 14-05-2012