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In New York City, Brandon's carefully cultivated private life -- which allows him to indulge his sexual addiction -- is disrupted when his sister Cissy arrives unannounced for an indefinite stay.
This isn't a film about sex addiction. It's a film about a man torn in half by himself. The addiction is a mere vehicle for an exploration of control, humanity and self destruction.
Fassbender is amazing and easily gives one of the best performances I have seen in a couple of years. He is reprehensible, charming and unbelievably sad. His character, a man desperately running away from himself yet totally dependent on himself, is intriguing. What McQueen is able to do like no other director is to allow us to enter the mind of his characters. He is an observer and that is how he shoots his films,…
Sex addiction is often seen as a rather silly and trivial addiction, one that celebrities wheel out when their infidelities become public knowledge. Yet in Steve McQueen's second feature it is portrayed as potentially serious, debilitating and life destroying as drug or alcohol addiction. The film is as utterly empty as Brandon's own existence and whilst that may sound like a flaw it really isn't. McQueen puts you in his world and gets under the skin of Brandon's hollow life and ambiguous family backstory. It is odd coming out of a film where you feel so little, normally they aim to heighten emotions not numb them, but it is crucial in understanding the character and the world he inhabits for…
Shame, Shame, what to say about Shame?
The almost extreme extent to which Steve McQueen has really bent the filmic medium to his will, creating a pretty well-defined style in only two films. Although still not a traditional narrative, and maybe not even a full character portrait (or is that the point?), Shame is still something slightly more than an experimental art piece, it is definitely cinematic. McQueen's filmmaking is more of the same as we saw from Hunger, and all at once more refined, more controlled, more restrained, more expressive. He is refusing to work within established boundaries, and instead is creating products that are very much their own thing.
The characters McQueen creates in Brandon, Cissy, and…
How does something that feels so good hurt so bad?
Brandon is trapped. He's stuck in a cage; he's imprisoned by desire and denied the human right of happiness. The horror of it all is that - to the outside world - he's 'normal.' The invisible walls exist in his mind, preventing any connection to those who might free him. Sometimes he can convince himself the walls aren't there, or maybe it's just that he's never known life outside his cell. But every now and then he sees the happiness people unshackled experience, and he wants it. He gets tired of this one-lane road and wants to know what it's like to slow down, or even stop. But he can't,…
What a powerful film. McQueen addresses a serious addiction with a very serious and honest precision, discreetly encapsulating the devastating repercussions in a personal life: work relationships, acquaintances, and most importantly, family bonds.
McQueen also scatters clues and hints into what seems to be an intentionally incomplete, yet challenging and thought-provoking character study. The sexual addiction seems to be indicated by very clear and explicit hints, and some of them are left to the imagination. However, when our imagination fills the untold parts of the main character's past life, none of our speculations are pretty. The key part is when Sissy says to Brandon: "We are not bad people. We just come from a bad place." Such bad place seems…
I wanted to watch Shame again because I couldn't decide if I like it more than 12 Years a Slave.
I think both are very different films, each one with their unique power. Both have provided me amazing cinematic experiencies, both touched me and conected with me in such a strong way and I can equally say the same about Hunger. Steve McQueen keeps getting better and better, his films have the hability to stay in your mind and haunt you for days.
Michael Fassbender's acting skills are immense not just in here but in everything he does that's why he quickly became one of my favorite actors. I hope he and Steve McQueen continue to work together in the future.
Back in 2011 I heard this movie was getting great reviews and Chris Stuckmann said "the movie was more fun watching the movie with a old man", So I said the heck with it so I watched the movie and I got to say I loved this movie, 2011 was the year for Michael Fassbender because he was brilliant in X-men first class and this movie. the story is about Michael Fassbender character who lives in new York with his sister and he as one thing that is wrong with him and that is sex addiction, he has sex with women every night but one day on the train station he sawed the most beautiful women in the world and he can not stop thinking about her and hes sex addiction start to die off. this movie is just brilliant just a well made movie and I hate myself for not watching this movie back in 2011 but oh well.
This stuff was hard to watch, but Fassbender killed it. So dark.
Shame, 2011 – Steve McQueen
Shame is one of my all-time favorite films; it is an achievement in acting, directing, and story telling, and I do not feel I am capable of capturing in words how I feel about the film almost to the point that I don’t even want to write about the film. It is frustrating, but the attempt at putting my feelings about Shame into words can only improve the strength of those feelings. Though it will be a little scattered, I shall proceed.
Shame is about Brandon, a single middle-aged man living alone in New York City who has spent his time carefully constructing a successful lifestyle to house his all consuming sex addiction. Alone, his…
Michael Fassbender is a high-powered business man™, who, during the day, is charming, witty and the nearest thing you can get to a metrosexual alphamale. Ever willing to buy the next round, he has numerous friends and smiles in that way some people called handsome, but the realistic know is actually a smug git.
By night, he holds onto an unquenchable desire that leads him to traverse some of the darker areas of New York City and his very soul. Fassbender is a sex addict. Despite his exterior displaying a calculable amount of warmth, his interior is cold and rocky and hard like a cold hard rock. When his wayward sister (Carey Mulligan) bursts back into his life, Fassbender finds…
An excellent portrait of addiction and the suffering that surrounds it. In this case, an addiction to sex. Fassbender is outstanding as Brandon. His life is nothing but sex, porn and misery. Brandon's life is hell, as is that of his sister, Sissy, portrayed by Carey Mulligan in another excellent performance. Her life seems to be a list of failures and bad choices. The film hints that they shared a terrible trauma as children but never explains anything more. She is desperate for his love and affection. He is desperate to be alone.
And that is really all there is to Shame. A downward spiral of self-loathing that seems doomed to repeat itself. There is no escape for these characters. Not an easy watch but definitely a worthwhile one.
Cold and clinical, Shame trades more in the artful observation of a man controlled by his sexual impulses than the invasive understanding of the condition. It's quite tame for a long time, leading the message unclear. When things escalate, they do so quickly, but with so much ambiguity in the first 2/3rds, it weakens the impact that this film is demanding.
and way too many quiet still scenes where i was pretty wary that michael fassbender was gonna whip it out and jack off like on the elevator or something.
also i want to snuggle with sissy
- A Trip to the Moon
- The Great Train Robbery
- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
- Only God Forgives
- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
- Spring Breakers
- A Field in England
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- In the Mood for Love
- Children of the Corn
- 28 Weeks Later
- Welcome to the Dollhouse
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