Review of Shameless

Shameless (2010)
An attempted tragedy, too ambitious for its own good
28 April 2011
Warning: Spoilers
This movie is being shown to full houses at film festivals in Scandinavia, but the novelty is wearing off fast. The movie (and be warned that this is a SPOILER!) is about a boy, Adrian, who apparently has disfigured genitals, and how this affects him as he is embarking on his sexual debut. Unfortunately the movie is making a right mess of things. It draaags and draaags, beating around the bush forever, showing strange relationships that are never properly explained. Nor does it reveal what exactly is wrong with Adrian. It tries to be a modern tragedy, but the producers do not understand tragedy well enough to make the attempt a success. The most serious shortcoming is how the hell the boy could have failed to understand that he is physically different until he reaches puberty. Whether the dysfunctionality of the family is owed to Adrian's disfigurement is not clear (but it probably is), and the whole Oedipal subtext which is hammered home with a pile-driver (the play-within-the-play theme is growing extremely popular) and still managing to let much of the plot remain unclear doesn't help any. The end result is boring - it seems like a lot of sound and fury signifying too little.

5 out of 10.
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