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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
  • Thirty-something Brandon Sullivan is a New York yuppie. He is also a sex addict who thinks about sex all the time when he's not having sex. He surfs for porn on his work computer, masturbates often even in his office's men's room, and eyes strange women in whatever situation he's in in the hopes of having quick anonymous sex with them. He hides his sex addiction from those few people in his life who he lets in in an emotional sense, unlike his married boss, David Fisher, who is open about his marital infidelities to his male work colleagues. And the act of sex holds no emotional connotation whatsoever for Brandon. The arrival back into his life and his apartment of his sister Sissy Sullivan, from who he was estranged due to the emotional baggage associated, changes Brandon's life, especially in what he can do in what used to be the privacy and sanctity of his apartment. Sissy, unlike Brandon, sees sex and emotional attachment as one in the same. Brandon's life begins to spiral out of control following Sissy's arrival. He gains a better understanding, albeit an unpleasant one, of his life following an incident involving Sissy.

    - Written by Huggo
  • In New York, the empty thirty something year-old Brandon is a sex-addicted man that works in an office. His longest relationship lasted only four months and Brandon does not have any friends. Brandon has casual sex with women that he meets in bars; has sex also with hookers; visits porn websites and collects sex magazines. However, he is unable to have sex with a potential girlfriend once they become close. When his also dysfunctional younger sister Sissy unexpectedly moves to his apartment, she has one night stand with Brandon's boss and the world of Brandon turns upside-down.

    - Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 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.

    - Written by IMDb Editors


Brandon (Michael Fassbender) is a successful, handsome thirty-something businessman living and working in New York City...

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