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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.
A wailing and desperate cry of anguish and pain constructed within the leering jungle of NYC, Shame isn't so much a study of sexual addiction as it is a tortuous insight into crumbling relationships of the modern world. In Steve McQueen's film (which is possibly his masterpiece), feelings aren't told or even visualized as much as they're already within the details of the frame. Genuine conversation and aching truth make up every speck of grain from the gorgeous 35mm photography, and the result is a work of unpleasant frankness and harrowing sincerity.
Michael Fassbender is the obvious highlight here, and he's just as incredible, engaging, and unrelentingly sad as you'd expect from him in a role such as this,…
Review In A Nutshell:
Arguably, Shame finds director Steve McQueen at its peak, a sophomore opus that blends his arthouse sensibilities with commercial accessibility, a striking balance that never favours the latter over the former, neither condescending nor insulting, bolstered by a performance by Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan that never ceases to be striking, constantly soulful in their existence and brimming with stimulation, a bond between siblings that may leave others discomforted, but for others provoked, essential to their characterisation and compelling in their subtleties. Demanding but deeply rewarding, Shame is an unforgettable piece, deliberate in its pacing and casual in its arc, it demonstrates an artistic flourish from McQueen that would seem likely to drift away as he currently finds himself in renowned fame, let us hope he remains true to his roots.
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…
Steve McQueen's follow-up to his critically acclaimed directional debut is another powerfully compelling, unflinchingly graphic & downright disturbing example of arthouse cinema focusing on the devastating effects of addiction that presents the director in prime form, is crafted with precision care & meticulous attention to detail, and benefits greatly from another excellent performance from Michael Fassbender.
Set in New York City, Shame follows the life of Brandon; a 30-something man who's a sex addict. While his carefully cultivated private life does allow him to indulge in his unhealthy dependency without any major consequences, his whole world spirals out of control when his sister unexpectedly arrives in town to stay with him for an indefinite amount of time as Brandon struggles to keep…
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…
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Shame' es la incomodidad del vacío existencial que destruye a Brandon, del que se puede suponer su incapacidad para entablar relaciones duraderas como causa y que como consecuencia deriva en la adicción al sexo. Brandon es poco dado a exteriorizar su infierno y no hay una evolución a peor durante el desarrollo de la película sino que se nos muestra con ese final que su historia tiene forma de bucle, uno del cual es muy difícil escapar. Por su parte, Sissy es la contrapartida como una persona muy dependiente de los demás y otra forma de reaccionar ante un hecho traumático que podemos presuponer a los dos hermanos. Una cara de la moneda vuelca su amargura hacia dentro y la otra busca desesperadamente hacia fuera.
Steve McQueen's approach is unflinching and compassionate, he is a man who knows what he wants his audience to feel without manipulating them. I felt a lot, watching this film which is, at times, hard to watch but unforgettable! Michael Fassbender is an indelible actor and this is his most raw performance yet, he literaly strips himself in every possible way to show us the inner state of his character and manages to show an emotion that is actually quite hard to portray; shame. Wow!
I was close to giving this a 4.5 star rating, but decided to go with the 4. Although, there are two incredible lead performances from Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan along with brilliant direction from Steve McQueen, the story becomes a bit ludicrous at times. Also, I feel like there were moments that could of dug even deeper into the mind of Fassbender's character.
not to be Dramatic but this is michael fassbender's best film to date
Warum habe ich diesen Film bisher nicht gesehen?:
Fassbender zieht unter den Lichtern der Großstadt seine Runden durch eine endlose Spirale aus Sehnsucht und Einsamkeit. Darauf muss man sich erst einmal einstellen. Wer hier feuchtfröhliche Unterhaltung erwartet wird definitiv enttäuscht, wer jedoch ein toll ausgearbeitetes Drama vom "12 Years A Slave"-Regisseur Steve McQueen sehen möchte ist hier richtig. Dabei sollte man sich definitiv nicht von der Erotiksache abschrecken lassen, da hier tatsächlich keine Szene austauschbar ist bzw. das Geschehen verzögert.
best supporting actor goes to michael fassbender's dick
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The second project between Steve McQueen and Michael Fassbender examines a character who in a sense could be viewed as the polar opposite to that the abstinent and driven Bobby Sands (Hunger).
A beautiful melancholic montage introduces us to Brandon and his sexual addiction. His vice and relationship with his sister is perfectly summarized while some masterful parallels are set up for the latter end of the film when Brandon hits his lowest point. Not only in terms of story but visually as we return to the train and my personal favourite being the mirroring of the long shot of Brandon's calming jog with his sprint of sheer panic race home to Sissy. The film is truly an example of…
McQueen does emotion the best today IMO
This is hands down one of my favourite films, and still Steve McQueen's best.
Fassbender gives a ferociously subtle performance as Brandon. His face tells a thousand stories. At times his looks, will bring a tear to my eye. Each frame is masterfully composed, telling the story in long, uncomfortable moments. The camera seldom moves, and when it does, you feel Brandon's world crash in around him.
From the opening shot, you know are watching a masterpiece. No film, before or since has made me feel the way this one does. it handles the subject off addiction flawlessly. Detractors will say that sex addiction is not that bad, but here, you can see that Brandon's addiction consumes him, drives, takes up his entire life, and not for the better.
A masterpiece, no question.
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