Shame ★★★

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I think that this film's strength - in addition to fantastic work from Fassbender and Bobbitt - lies in the moments in which Brandon tries for normalcy in his relationships with women, attempting to confront his misogyny and self-loathing, often striking the most emotional/thematic resonance for me. Mostly everything else is a tried formula of addiction, occasionally vague, (and seemingly as a crutch - the New York, New York scene, a traumatic past hinting at incest and abuse - as i'm not really sure how being opaque with Brandon's history makes the ending have more of a kick, especially considering its crucial to his struggle with intimacy) clumsy and often synthetic in its treatment of drama. Maybe my expectations were just set too high, but this didn't do much for me.

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