Candid. Brave. Powerful.
As one of the most honest, powerful films I have ever seen, 'Shame' forces you to face aspects of your own humanity you may be reluctant to acknowledge, and forces you to acknowledge the hypocrisy of holding unfounded judgements upon the flaws of those around us, when we can rarely live up to those standards ourselves.
The film tows the line whereby you never feel apathy or judgement towards any of the characters, just as they're never painted as victims or the author of their own problems. You just see organic, dysfunctional, beautiful, terrible, misunderstood people battling with their own souls to try and stay above the water.
It uses excessive sexual content as a means to…