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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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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In a review of this film in Art of Psychiatry, psychiatrist Dr. Abby Seltzer diagnosed Sissy as suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder. See more »


In the restaurant Brandon orders a bottle of pinot noir. When it comes the bottle is not a typical pinot-shaped bottle. When the wine is poured it's a very dark, inky coloured wine unlike a pinot noir. See more »


Brandon Sullivan: Are you with someone? Does he go down on you? I do... That's what I like to do... I like the way it feels. I like the way it's just me and it... I wanna taste you. I like to slip my tongue inside you... just as you come.
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Crazy Credits

No opening credits apart from the movie's title. See more »


Featured in Great Movie Mistakes IV (2012) See more »


Prelude & Fugue No. 16 G Minor, BWV 885
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by Glenn Gould
Courtesy of Sony Masterworks and the Glenn Gould Estate
Licensed by Sony Music Entertainment UK Ltd
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Becoming even more of a Fassbender Fan
25 December 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film instantly drew me in. Fassbender's performance is complex and truly believable.I can honestly say that if you are not haunted by the torment of both Michael Fassbender's and Carey Mulligan's performance, then you are in denial. The pain is apparent, the intrigue of what happened to these siblings is staring you in the face throughout the film. The role's Fassbender has chosen lately have made me an ultimate fan! Another McQueen movie, HUNGER, also stars Fassbender as an Irishman in political protest against the corrupt government of the "80's. I tremendously enjoy watching him on the screen. Michael Fassbender relays raw emotion and true passion to create believable and relatable characters. Im looking forward to future projects.

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