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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
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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)

Kate Dearing ... Neighbor (uncredited)

Briana Marin ... Waitress (uncredited)

Stephane Nicoli ... New Yorker (uncredited)

Barbara Vincent ... The Standard Hotel Guest (uncredited)

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
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
Lisa Jordan .... Senior Post Producer: Lipsync Post
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 .... developed with the assistance of Buckland Productions
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 .... production 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)
Stephanie Corbett .... body double: Carey Mulligan (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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MPAA:
Rated NC-17 for some explicit sexual content
Runtime:
101 min
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Color (DeLuxe)
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Trivia:
During the jogging scene, Brandon is seen waiting at a stop light and in the background is an advertisement for the TV series "Army Wives" (2007). Lucy Walters, who plays the woman on the subway train, also appears in Army Wives as Amy Sandberg.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:I'm trying, I'm trying to help you.
Brandon Sullivan:How are you helping me, huh? How are you helping me? How are you helping me? Huh? Look at me. You come in here and you're a weight on me. Do you understand me? You're a burden. You're just dragging me down. How are you helping me? You can't even clean up after yourself. Stop playing the victim.
Sissy Sullivan:I'm not playing the victim. If I left, I would never hear from you again. Don't you think that's sad? Don't you think that's sad? You're my brother.
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Prelude & Fugue No. 10 E Minor, BWV 855See more »

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216 out of 268 people found the following review useful.
Addiction up close and personal, 15 January 2012
Author: moviemanMA from Massachusetts

Shame, the real feel bad movie of the year, is only McQueen's second feature film to date. His first film, Hunger, focused on a man who made his life very public when he went on a hunger strike during the 1981 Irish Hunger Strikes. In Shame, McQueen dissects the very personal and often shocking sexual addiction of Brandon Sullivan (Michael Fassbender). Brandon is a well off business man. He has an apartment in New York where he leads a seemingly good life, but hides a dark secret that is on the verge of destroying him. His sex addiction has gone out of control. To make this even more difficult, his sister drops in unexpected and crashes at his place (played by Carey Mulligan). Her lifestyle begins to interfere with his addiction, forcing him to take drastic measures.

Every waking moment is spent towards achieving one goal: orgasm. We see him smile, laugh, engage socially, but when he is alone he is focused, like a junkie going through the routine of drug addiction. Brandon's tools aren't lighters, spoons, and rubber ties. He uses prostitutes, Internet pornography, magazines, or his imagination. Even at work his mind wanders off, either at a passing coworker or something he has looked up on his computer. This is far from a private matter. His addiction is slipping into the open and he knows it. We assume he is aware of his problem. At the beginning of the film we see Brandon lying naked in bed, the sheet pulled over his private area. He lies motionless, only staring at the ceiling above, breathing in and out as if he knows that today is going to be a long day. We know he's not thinking about work. He has one thing and one thing only. Sex.

Most people associate sex with pleasure. I'm sure Brandon has at one time or another had a pleasurable experience during intercourse, but he is long past that stage. During a scene on the subway he spots a woman. She's an attractive woman. She's alone. Vulnerable. She eyes Brandon staring back at her. The two have chemistry. In silence they are mentally engaging each other. His stare never wavers, he just scans her up and down. Suddenly her face changes. She gets up, showing the audience her wedding band. We can feel her shame for flirting with Brandon. He gets up and stands behind her. He follows her out of the train only to lose her in the crowd. His disappointment isn't so much in relation to not getting to know her, but that he will have to continue his search for sex elsewhere.

Brandon is a tragic character. His only connection with people is linked with sex. How will this person help or interfere with me reaching my goal of orgasm? Brandon's limit's knows no bounds. Fassbender, who also appeared in McQueen's Hunger, gives a fascinating performance. It is fearless both in the sense that it is a physically challenging role and that he accomplishes the role with such honesty. He could have played it like some debonair businessman just looking to score. Fassbender knows that his character is truly disturbed. He knows that if people found out about his condition he would be ostracized. He also knows that he needs help and won't get it. All of these factors come into play and create an incredible performance. Much like Gosling pulled off in Drive, Fassbender uses his eyes and body language to express how he feels.

Pain is a word often associated with addiction. We see videos of addicts going through withdrawals in health class. They kick, scream, shake, vomit. Evidence of a sickness in the body. Fassbender's character also shows great pain and uneasiness. During times of sheer euphoria, at least for a normal person, Fassbender gives us pain and suffering. He can't help what he's doing but he needs it to stay normal.

Along with Fassbender is Mulligan, another one of today's rising stars. Her character is rebellious, dependent, and loving. She wants nothing more than to find someone to care for her and to spend time with her brother. Her brother is too involved with his addiction and her taste in men and willingness to fall in love with them brings her down even more. She plays a girl on the edge of a breakdown and really shines on screen. Like Fassbender, she gives her all for the role, exposing her true colors.

In just two films McQueen has established himself as a major player in the art house scene. Both films are festival favorites with critical praise, but the general public isn't ready for his heavy storytelling. With hope (and some financial backing) he will continue to make the films he wants to make and hopefully garner enough praise here in the states to win over more of the public. It's going to be hard if he keeps getting NC-17 ratings.

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