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Shame -- Brandon's carefully cultivated private life -- which allows him to indulge his sexual addiction -- is disrupted when his sister Cissy arrives unannounced for an indefinite stay.
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Shame -- Steve McQueen and Michael Fassbender discuss collaborating with one another.
Shame -- Interview: Steve McQueen "On Brandon's Journey"
Shame -- In New York City, Brandon's carefully cultivated private life -- which allows him to indulge his sexual addiction -- is disrupted when his sister Cissy arrives unannounced for an indefinite stay.

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Steve McQueen (written by) and
Abi Morgan (written by)
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

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Michael Fassbender ... Brandon

Lucy Walters ... Woman on Subway Train
Mari-Ange Ramirez ... Alexa

James Badge Dale ... David

Nicole Beharie ... Marianne

Alex Manette ... Steven

Hannah Ware ... Samantha

Elizabeth Masucci ... Elizabeth
Rachel Farrar ... Rachel

Loren Omer ... Loren

Carey Mulligan ... Sissy
Lauren Tyrrell ... Hostess

Marta Milans ... Cocktail Waitress

Jake Richard Siciliano ... Skype Son (as Jake Siciliano)

Robert Montano ... Waiter

Charisse Bellante ... Live Chat Woman (as Charisse Merman)

Amy Hargreaves ... Hotel Lover

Anna Rose Hopkins ... Carly

Chazz Menendez ... Muscular Boyfriend
Carl Low ... Bouncer
Calamity Chang ... Late Night Lover #1

DeeDee Luxe ... Late Night Lover #2
Stanley Mathis ... Conductor

Wenne Alton Davis ... Police Officer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jennifer Butler ... Subway Rider (uncredited)

Briana Marin ... Waitress (uncredited)

Stephane Nicoli ... New Yorker (uncredited)

Barbara Vincent ... The Standard Hotel Guest (uncredited)
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Directed by
Steve McQueen 
 
Writing credits
Steve McQueen (written by) and
Abi Morgan (written by)

Produced by
Iain Canning .... producer
Peter Hampden .... executive producer
Tim Haslam .... executive producer
Lisa Jordan .... senior post producer
Tessa Ross .... executive producer
Emile Sherman .... producer
Bergen Swanson .... co-producer
Robert Walak .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Harry Escott 
 
Cinematography by
Sean Bobbitt (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Joe Walker 
 
Casting by
Avy Kaufman 
 
Production Design by
Judy Becker 
 
Art Direction by
Charles Kulsziski 
 
Set Decoration by
Heather Loeffler 
 
Costume Design by
David C. Robinson  (as David Robinson)
 
Makeup Department
Ma Kalaadevi Ananda .... makeup department head
Ma Kalaadevi Ananda .... special makeup effects artist
Erin Hicks .... hair department head
Craig Lindberg .... special makeup effects artist
Nick London .... key makeup artist
Juanita Townsend .... key hair stylist
 
Production Management
Danielle Blumstein .... unit production manager
Tracey Josephs .... head of production: Film4
Fiona Morham .... head of production: UK Film Council
Emma Zee .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jolian Blevins .... first assistant director: additional photography
Jolian Blevins .... second assistant director
Cedric Vara .... second second assistant director
Atilla Salih Yücer .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Matthew Amenta .... property master
Kimberly Asa .... art department coordinator (as Kim Asa)
Sarah Berney .... scenic: additional photography
Mary Blanchard .... journeyman scenic: additional photography
David Brenner .... on-set dresser
Ryan Bundrick .... key carpenter: additional photography
Nicole De Luca .... art intern
Kate Falzarano .... set dresser
Fern Gnesin .... set decorator: additional photography
Richard Hebrank .... construction coordinator: additional photography (as Richie Hebrank)
James Holroyd .... leadman: additional photography (as James H. Holroyd)
James Holroyd .... set dresser (as James H. Holroyd)
Millree Hughes .... camera scenic artist
Warren Jorgensen .... journeyman scenic: additional photography (as Warren Jorgenson)
Alicia Leatherbury-Lamberti .... charge scenic: additional photography (as Alicia Leatherbury)
Meredith Lippincott .... art department production assistant
Andrew Lupo .... construction grip: additional photography
Brian O'Neill .... construction grip: additional photography
Lee Shevett .... key construction grip: additional photography
Jim Sten .... leadman
Walker Tate .... art intern
Josh Vogel .... assistant property master
Josh Vogel .... on-set dresser: additional photography
Matt Wunsch .... set decoration production assistant
George Daratany .... set decorator production assistant (uncredited)
Michael Lee Nirenberg .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Bobby Roelofs .... set dresser (uncredited)
Graham Wichman .... set dresser (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Hugo Adams .... foley editor: Sound 24
Niv Adiri .... sound design editor: Sound 24
Niv Adiri .... sound re-recording mixer
Tim Atkins .... adr recordist: Lipsync Post London
Tim Atkins .... sound assistant: Lipsync Post
Ben Barker .... sound effects editor: Sound 24
Paul Cotterell .... adr editor: Lipsync Post
Paul Cotterell .... dialogue editor: Lipsync Post
Paul Cotterell .... sound re-recording mixer: Sound 24
Mark DeSimone .... adr mixer: Soundtrack NY
Michael Fowler .... adr recordist: Soundtrack NY (as Mike Fowler)
Glenn Freemantle .... sound designer
Glenn Freemantle .... sound supervisor: Sound 24
Anguibe Guindo .... boom operator
Rob Hughes .... adr mixer: Lipsync Post London
Ken Ishii .... sound mixer
Andrea King .... foley artist
Adam Mendez .... foley recordist
Joe Origlieri .... additional sound mixer
Jack Stew .... foley artist
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Adrian Banton .... digital compositor: LipSync Post
Alberto Buron .... digital restoration technician: Lipsync Post
Luke Butler .... digital effects supervisor: Lipsync Post
Naomi Butler .... digital compositor: Lipsync Post
Tom Collier .... digital effects supervisor: Lipsync Post
Peter Collins .... digital lab operator: Lipsync Post
Stefan Drury .... head of visual effects: Lipsync Post
James Elster .... digital compositor: Lipsync Post
Sean Farrow .... executive visual effects supervisor: Lipsync Post (as Sean H. Farrow)
David Lloyd .... senior systems administrator: Lipsync Post
Abigail McKenzie .... digital lab operator: Lipsync Post
Emelie Nilsson .... digital compositor: Lipsync Post
Glen Pratt .... on-set supervisor: Lipsync Post
Antonio Rodríguez Díaz .... digital compositor: Lipsync Post
Katie Roehrick .... visual effects coordinator: Lipsync Post
Daniel Spain .... systems administrator: Lipsync Post
Lucy Tanner .... visual effects coordinator: Lipsync Post
Daniel Tomlinson .... senior digital lab operator: Lipsync Post
Diana Vasquez .... digital lab operator: Lipsync Post
 
Stunts
Mike Burke .... stunt driver #1
Roy Farfel .... stunt coordinator
Roy Farfel .... stunt driver #2
Declan Mulvey .... stunt driver #3
Manny Siverio .... stunt coordinator
Chazz Menendez .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Abraham Altbuch .... best boy grip
Carter Bissell .... best boy electric
Liz Cash .... camera loader: additional photography
David Chameides .... steadicam operator
Jeremy Conley .... grip
Nicole Cosgrove .... camera loader
Michael Diaz .... electrician: additional photography
Joe Doughan .... dolly grip
Matt Farrell .... grip
Charlie Foerschner .... second assistant camera: additional photography
Max Frankston .... 24 frame playback operator
Max Frankston .... playback coordinator: additional photography
David Ganczewski .... best boy grip: additional photography (as Dave Ganczewski)
Arthur Gardner .... electrician: additional photography
Abbot Genser .... still photographer
Spencer Gillis .... second assistant camera
Erik Guldbech .... rigging gaffer: additional photography
Rob Harlow .... key grip
Christopher Heikel .... shop electric: additional photography
Kate Larose .... first assistant camera: additional photography
Rachael Levine .... camera operator: additional photography
Ludovic Littee .... first assistant camera
Eric Lutz .... electrician: additional photography
Quinn Marshall .... grip: additional photography
Markus Marty .... camera intern
Kevin Meegan .... grip: additional photography
Michael Mortell .... generator operator (as Mike Mortell)
Athos Nash .... electrician: additional photography
Timothy Naylor .... camera operator
William Newell .... gaffer (as Bill Newell)
Rodolfo Peyrano .... electrician: additional photography (as Rodolfo Peyrans)
Francesco Pinna .... electrician: additional photography
August Popkin .... lighting technician
Benjamin Relf .... vtr
Benjamin Relf .... vtr: additional photography
Kyle Simmons .... lighting technician
Phillip Sorenson .... shop electric: additional photography (as Philip Sorenson)
Patrick Wade .... rigging electric: additional photography
John Nijhawan .... grip (uncredited)
Eric J. Williams .... grip (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Vanessa Baker .... voice casting
Diana Blue .... extras casting associate
Karen E. Etcoff .... extras casting
Charles L. Gariepy .... casting assistant (as Charles Gariepy)
Leeba Zakharov .... casting associate
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Aneikit Bonnel .... key costumer
Alex Bovaird .... assistant costume designer
Rose Marie Cappelluti .... wardrobe supervisor: additional photography (as Rose Cappelluti)
Barbara Hause .... wardrobe supervisor
Kristin Lindbeck .... costume intern
Brittany Loar .... costume coordinator
Shady Patterson .... costume intern
Thomas M. Smalley .... set costumer (as Thomas Smalley)
Kirsten Mogg .... set costumer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Rob Ackerman .... technical support: Lipsync Post
Siobhan Boyes .... post-production coordinator
Linden Brownbill .... post production engineer: Lipsync Post
Lee Clappison .... colorist: Lipsync Post
James Clarke .... digital intermediate supervisor
Ritchie Ferguson .... technical support: Lipsync Post
Lisa Forrest .... assistant editor
Scott Goulding .... on-line editor
Scott Macbeth .... technical support: Lipsync Post
Jerry Ramsbottom .... additional assistant editor
Rick White .... technical support: Lipsync Post
Gilbert Carreras .... color timer (uncredited)
John Potter .... colorist: dailies (uncredited)
 
Music Department
David Butterworth .... orchestrator
Liz Caplan .... vocal coach: Carey Mulligan
Norine Castine .... piano teacher
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestra contractor
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestral contractor
Pete Hutchings .... assistant score engineer
Ian Neil .... music supervisor
Lucy Whalley .... assistant orchestra contractor
Rolf Wilson .... orchestra leader
Nick Wollage .... score mix engineer
Nick Wollage .... score recording engineer
Ian Wood .... music editor
 
Transportation Department
David Chacon .... driver: additional photography
Reginald Crute .... driver: additional photography
Paul Elliacin .... driver: additional photography (as Paul Eliacin)
George Holtzer .... teamster captain
James A. Keegan .... driver: additional photography (as James Keegan)
 
Other crew
Tara Andrus .... production accountant
Matthew Baker .... representative: HanWay Films
Chris Bentley .... titles coordinator: Lipsync Post
Jesse Bernhardt .... office intern
Katri Billard .... script supervisor: additional photography
Stephanie Blackwood .... assistant production coordinator
Katherine Bridle .... production and development executive: See-Saw Films
Nicole Bukowski .... first assistant accountant
Jerome Butler .... dialect coach
Eva Z. Cabrera .... script supervisor
Neil Cairns .... post production accountant
Cynthia Chou .... office production assistant
Alice Clough .... head of business affairs: See-Saw Films
Wendy Cohen .... clearance coordinator
Michael DeRoker .... location assistant
Charlie Dibe .... production coordinator
Peter Dickinson .... senior title designer: Lipsync Post
Harry Dixon .... head of business affairs: Film4
Charles Dorfman .... development executive: See-Saw Films
Víctor Escribano .... set intern
Will Evans .... head of business affairs: UK Film Council
David Farinas .... additional caterer: Tribe Road Catering
Mac Fisher .... office intern
Brian James Fitzpatrick .... first team production assistant (as Brian Fitzpatrick)
Charlotte Fleck .... dialect coach
Lizzie Francke .... senior production and development executive: UK Film Council
Anne Gartside .... head of publicity: Momentum Pictures
Chiara Gelardin .... representative: HanWay Films
Andrew Gilbert .... chef/president: Tribe Road Catering
Liz Green .... combined continuity script: Fatts
Conor Griff .... key production assistant: additional photography
Robin Guise .... production executive: Lipsync
Wayne Han .... key production assistant
Vince Holden .... head of production finance: UK Film Council
Charles Howard II .... production assistant: additional photography
Morgan Howard .... payroll accountant
Mark B. Jones .... senior publicity manager: Momentum Pictures (as Mark Jones)
Tanisha Jones .... office intern
Adam King .... background production assistant
April Lamb .... assistant: Steve McQueen
Phillip Larios .... parking production assistant: additional photography
Sam Lavender .... head of development: Film4
Dan Levy Dagerman .... unit production assistant: additional photography
Louise Long .... business affairs executive: Film4
Gabriella Ludlow .... legal services: U.S., The B.A. Department
Jonathan Lynch-Staunton .... representative: HanWay Films
Richard Mansell .... representative: HanWay Films
Xavier Marchand .... managing director: Momentum Pictures
Cisco Marcial .... parking coordinator
Spyro Markesinis .... vice president of legal and business affairs: Europe, Momentum Pictures
Danielle McCarthy .... assistant: Iain Canning
Jason A. McCauley .... assistant location manager
Charlie McSpadden .... office production assistant
Norman Merry .... production executive: Lipsync
Christos Michaels .... legal services: U.K., Lee & Thompson
Simone Nicholson .... production executive: See-Saw Films
Jerome Nunziante .... production assistant: additional photography
Laurie Osmond .... epk producer
Sarah Parfitt .... delivery paperwork coordinator
Rebecca Pick .... legal services: U.K., Lee & Thompson
Natasha Pilbrow .... legal executive: Lipsync
Jason Planitzer .... assistant location manager
Armond Pressly .... additional caterer: Tribe Road Catering
Peter Raven .... production executive: Lipsync
Lila Rawlings .... development executive
Brandon Rohwer .... unit publicist
Thorsten Schumacher .... representative: HanWay Films
Jamie Schwartz .... senior vice president of theatrical marketing: Momentum Pictures
Jack Scott .... unit production assistant
Tanya Seghatchian .... head of film fund: UK Film Council
Weiman Seid .... unit publicist: Fat Dot
Sue Bruce Smith .... head of commercial development: Film4 (as Sue Bruce-Smith)
Jan Spielhoff .... representative: HanWay Films
Hayley Stahl .... office intern
Allen Sterns .... chef/president: additional photography, Movieland Catering (as Alan Sterns)
Tristan Vaughan .... craft service assistant
David Velasco .... location manager
Niccolò Vitelli .... walkie production assistant
Joan Washington .... dialect coach
Howard Watkins .... head of title design: Lipsync Post
Claire Wiegand .... craft service lead (as Claire Weigand)
Claire Wiegand .... craft service lead: additional photography (as Claire Weigand)
Danielle Wilson .... craft service: Eat Catering NYC
Danielle Wilson .... craft service: additional photography, Eat Catering NYC
Helen Wong .... accountant: See-Saw Films
Chas Bruns .... production assistant (uncredited)
Nicole De Luca .... locations intern (uncredited)
Brian DiLorenzo .... office production intern (uncredited)
Danielle DuGuay .... production assistant (uncredited)
Joyce Goldenbaum .... animal coordinator (uncredited)
Mátyás Haraszti .... lead translator (uncredited)
Feifei Ling .... production assistant (uncredited)
Josh Mankoff .... additional production assistant (uncredited)
Sara Neuffer .... production assistant (uncredited)
Andrew Nordstrum .... production assistant (uncredited)
Blake Steigerwald .... production assistant (uncredited)
Steve Tsentserensky .... production assistant (uncredited)
Helen Varty .... assistant: Tessa Ross (uncredited)
Peter Wade .... script consultant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Andrew Mackie .... special thanks
Richard Payten .... special thanks
Claire Taylor .... special thanks
Andrew Tetenbaum .... special thanks
Warren Zavala .... special thanks
 

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Rated NC-17 for some explicit sexual content
Runtime:
101 min
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Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R | Brazil:16 | Canada:18A (Alberta/British Columbia/Ontario) | Canada:R (Manitoba) | Canada:16+ (Quebec) | Chile:18 | France:12 | Germany:16 | Hong Kong:III | Ireland:18 | Italy:VM14 | Japan:R18+ | Japan:R15+ (edited version) | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:15 | Portugal:M/18 | Singapore:R21 (cut) | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:NC-17 (certificate #47025)

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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Quotes:
Sissy Sullivan:We're not bad people. We just come from a bad place.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Great Movie Mistakes IV (2012) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Genius of LoveSee more »

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88 out of 133 people found the following review useful.
The grim life of a sex addict, 2 December 2011
Author: freemantle_uk from United Kingdom

Steve McQueen made a real impact in the film world with his powerful debut Hunger. But like with musicians, there is always the risk that a director's second film will not live up to the high expectations the first effort sets. Yet McQueen has a good go with his dark exploration of human character in Shame.

Brandon (Michael Fassbender) is a successful and well off man living in New York City. He is also a sex addict who constantly picks up women, hires prostitutes, views internet porn daily and masturbates at any given opportunity. It affects his day to day life and he lives a lonely existence. His life is made more complex when his singer sister Sissy (Carey Mulligan), a woman with obvious problems, crashes at his place. She interferes with his life, including sleeping with his boss, David (James Badge Dale) and sets Brandon off to tackle his addiction.

Brandon is depicted as a really despicable character, but he is a man struggling with an addiction. There is a number of sexual scenes throughout Shame, but there is no eroticism as Brandon explores more depraved and disgusting acts and his life spirals out of control. Shame plays as a drug addition movie, similar to Requiem for a Dream as someone struggles to give up something hazardous.

Fassbender offers a powerful performance as a dark, sinister man with strong interplay with Mulligan as he becomes threatening towards her. Compare him to Mulligan, a much more brittle character, on the edge for different reason. She gives a heartbreaking performance as a woman who does not know how to do deal with problems and has a sadness in her eyes. Their scenes were enhanced by McQueen's direction, using hand held cameras to follows Fassbender and the conversations stick to one point, making you feel like you are really watching them in a voyeuristic matter. This makes the movie more tense as the tone changes in an instant.

McQueen employs a grainy filter, giving Shame a dark, grim look which is perfectly fitting considering the atmosphere of the movie. The visuals have a similar feel and tone as other gritty and grim New York set films such as Taxi Driver, Midnight Cowboy and American Psycho, all of which follow the horrible underbelly of the city. He has shown that he is a great actors' director, but McQueen also had some great visuals, such as a long tracking shot of Brandon jogging and Brandon watching two people having sex in their apartment.

There are many moments in the movie that have little dialogue, relying on Fassbender superb abilities as an actor, particularly key in the beginning and during a long montage of Brandon wandering alone in New York, playing like a scene in the great novel Last Exit to Brooklyn. This is a movie about Brandon's continuing descent and self-sabotage and Fassbender should hopefully gain an Oscar nomination to back up his award buzz in Europe.

Shame continues McQueen's reputation as being one of the best emerging directors around, sticking to his no holds barred, brutal style which keeps a stage play quality to the presentation. Shame is tough, but worthy just for Fassbender's performance and keeps to a tradition of grim New York based film.

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