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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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Carey Mulligan stated on The Graham Norton Show that her "dad is not allowed" to see the film. See more »


Brandon is shown getting off an R train (which he had gotten on at 28th Street) at Fulton Street. But the R train doesn't go to Fulton Street. See more »


Brandon Sullivan: I'll fucking kill you!
Sissy Sullivan: What the... What the fuck?
Brandon Sullivan: Jesus Christ Sissy.
Sissy Sullivan: Brandon. Don't you fucking knock?
Brandon Sullivan: What the fuck. Why would I knock? I live here.
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Featured in At the Movies: Venice Film Festival 2011 (2011) See more »


Written by Deborah Harry and Chris Stein
Published by Chrysalis Music Ltd (c) 1980
Used by permission
All rights reserved
Performed by Blondie
Licensed courtesy of EMI Records 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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