"Shame" accomplishes what (fortunately, I guess) few movies can: it is highly compelling but also equally repellent at the same time. While on one hand it's an outstanding piece of cinematic craftsmanship (McQueen and Fassbender working together seems like a perfect match) and a definite "must see", on the other, I probably never want to see it again because it's pretty much not an enjoyable experience, at least in the conventional sense.
Everyone and their mother kept telling the world that this movie features a breakout performance by Elisabeth Olsen - and they were right! Her portrait of a young, scared and confused woman that has escaped a cult is truly amazing and utterly believable. The film itself is quiet, atmospheric and beautifully shot - yet there's always a creepy undertone to it that constantly hints at a looming, intangible danger.