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Shame (2011)

NC-17  |   |  Drama  |  13 January 2012 (UK)
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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 arrives unannounced for an indefinite stay.


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Brandon is a 30-something man living in New York who is unable to manage his sex life. After his wayward younger sister moves into his apartment, Brandon's world spirals out of control. Shame examines the nature of need, how we live our lives and the experiences that shape us. Written by Momentum Pictures

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated NC-17 for some explicit sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

13 January 2012 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Deseos culpables  »

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Box Office


$6,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$349,519 (USA) (2 December 2011)


$4,000,304 (USA) (20 April 2012)

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Did You Know?


Despite the movie's $6.5 million budget, Fox Searchlight Pictures only paid around $400,000 to acquire its United States distribution rights. See more »


In the final scene, the train that pulls into the 28th street station is the J train. However, in reality, the closest the J line comes to 28th street is Essex Street which is about 3 miles away from 28th. See more »


Sissy Sullivan: We're not bad people. We just come from a bad place.
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Crazy Credits

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Referenced in New Girl: Bad in Bed (2011) See more »


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Written by Tina Weymouth, Chris Frantz, Adrian Belew, and Steven Stanley
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Cold Sex
9 December 2011 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

Michael Fassbender's commitment is overwhelming. He must trust his director, implicitly. Good for him. Very rarely we've been exposed to so much sex without an ounce of erotic flavors. Well, that was not the intention, clearly. This is a remarkably serious film about addiction.To make matters even darker I had seen Michael Fassbender as Jung only a few days before. What an actor! Now I feel I'm as familiar with his anatomy as Mrs. Fassbender must be. I must admit the film stayed with me because within its mathematical coldness there is a palpable element of horror. Was it me or Fassbender shows the face of death in one of the many sexual occasions? Chilling really. I will take my chances and recommend it, as long as you don't take your children - I guess you can't NC17 - or your grandparents.

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