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

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$6,500,000 (estimated)

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

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

The first time Michael Fassbender saw the film was with his father Josef. Both were relieved that his mother Adele could not make the screening. See more »

Goofs

When Brandon goes into the office he has unbuttoned the top buttons of his shirt and he clearly wears nothing underneath it. When he heads to the bathroom and he is filmed from the top of his head you can see the collar of a t-shirt underneath his shirt. The V-neck is also there when he is back home at his apartment. See more »

Quotes

Sissy Sullivan: You should come and hear me.
Brandon Sullivan: Yeah, I will.
Sissy Sullivan: "Yeah, I will"? Like, "Yeah, I will," like last time?
[pauses]
Sissy Sullivan: Please come.
Brandon Sullivan: [puts on her hat] Where'd you get this, anyway?
Sissy Sullivan: It's vintage.
Brandon Sullivan: [laughing] Yeah, I can see that.
Sissy Sullivan: Wow.
Brandon Sullivan: Do you like?
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No opening credits apart from the movie's title. See more »

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Referenced in Chelsea Lately: Episode #7.29 (2013) See more »

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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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14 December 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am truly shocked by the people criticizing this film for lack of substance. I've seen comments about how there is limited dialogue, and therefore no character development, and hardly any story. Did we watch the same film? I'm thinking we must not have.

Shame dives into the life of a man living with an addiction to sex. The first 10 minutes of this movie effectively introduces him, his addiction, his relationship with humanity (sister included), and barely uses any words to do so. You shouldn't need a lot of dialogue when emotions are conveyed with facial expressions, effective cinematography, and great editing. This film is loaded with all of that.

Obviously films are subjective, but I feel those who say they didn't get to "know' the characters at all must always need everything spoon fed to them. I am not a sex addict, but still connected with both Fassbender and Mulligan. I found the development both subtle and extremely realistic. Does everything need to always have that Hollywood ending? Should everything get wrapped up nicely and leave you with a warm and fuzzy feeling when you walk out of the theater? I definitely don't think so.

Anybody who does need that probably shouldn't watch any Steve McQueen films. Anyone who can appreciate a raw, subtle, and beautifully made film should go watch Shame.


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