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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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During the 2012 Newsweek Magazine Oscar roundtable, Michael Fassbender said that he really urinated on camera during a scene in which his character was seen urinating (usually these sorts of bodily function scenes are simulated during the filming of a movie, if only because of the difficulty of replicating them over multiple takes). George Clooney, who was also participating in the roundtable, asked Fassbender how many takes he had to do of the urination, and Fassbender said three. See more »

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When the subway train is stopped and evacuated, we see the station sign outside it and the station begins with a B (Brooklyn Bridge?). But when Brandon gets off the train there, he is at the 28th Street station. See more »

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Brandon Sullivan: If you had a choice to live in the past or the future, and you could be anything you wanted to be , what would you be?
Marianne: What would you be?
Brandon Sullivan: Well, i always wanted to be a musician in the Sixties.
Marianne: That's cool. Musician?
Brandon Sullivan: Yeah.
Marianne: Sixties it's tough though! I saw Gimme Shelter recently, you know, the Rolling Stones documentary?
Brandon Sullivan: Yeah.
Marianne: Kinda seem like hell!
Brandon Sullivan: What?
Marianne: Yeah, Sixties be like the last place I want to be.
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Prelude & Fugue No. 10 E Minor, BWV 855
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Grim but great
24 March 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This was not an easy film to watch and even less easy to reflect on. However, I thought it was a great film. Original and brave. The acting was totally convincing and the theme important and challenging. The repeated reminders of the hypocrisy of our society regarding sex and violence were clever and uncomfortable. I was very disappointed, but not surprised, that this film received no recognition at the awards ceremony. Normally, "sex, sells" is written on the heart of all promoters. But not in this case, as it is not at all titillating. A genuinely adult film (not the usual meaning). Fine performances from Michael Fassbinder and Carry Mulligan.


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