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Shame (2011)

NC-17 | | Drama | 13 January 2012 (UK)
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A man's carefully cultivated private life is disrupted when his sister arrives for an indefinite stay.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Brandon
... Woman on Subway Train
Mari-Ange Ramirez ... Alexa
... David
... Marianne
... Steven
... Samantha
... Elizabeth
... Rachel
Loren Omer ... Loren
... Sissy
Lauren Tyrrell ... Hostess
... Cocktail Waitress
... Skype Son
... Waiter
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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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Budget:

$6,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$349,519, 4 December 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,000,304, 22 April 2012
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2.35 : 1
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Michael Fassbender was the first and only choice to play the lead. See more »

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When Brandon is on the subway looking at the woman we see Fulton behind him on the wall of the subway tunnel. The train moves and a few minutes have passed. Next, when the woman exists the train and he follows her, we see that they are again at Fulton station. See more »

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Sissy Sullivan: You should come and hear me.
Brandon Sullivan: Yeah, I will.
Sissy Sullivan: "Yeah, I will"? Like, "Yeah, I will," like last time?
[pauses]
Sissy Sullivan: Please come.
Brandon Sullivan: [puts on her hat] Where'd you get this, anyway?
Sissy Sullivan: It's vintage.
Brandon Sullivan: [laughing] Yeah, I can see that.
Sissy Sullivan: Wow.
Brandon Sullivan: Do you like?
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Genius of Love
Written by Tina Weymouth, Chris Frantz, Adrian Belew, and Steven Stanley
Performed by Tom Tom Club
Licensed courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing/Island Records US
Under license from Universal Music Operations Ltd/Metered Music Inc.
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Good Performances in a Shallow and Empty Story
29 July 2012 | by See all my reviews

In New York, the empty thirty and something year-old Brandon (Michael Fassbender) is a sex-addicted man that works in an office. His longest relationship lasted only four months and Brandon does not have any friend. Brandon has casual sex with women that he meets in bars; has sex also with hookers; visits porn sites in Internet; and collects sex magazines. However, he is unable to have sex with an acquaintance.

When his also dysfunctional younger sister Sissy (Carey Mulligan) unexpectedly moves to his apartment, she has one night stand with Brandon's boss and the world of Brandon turns upside-down.

"Shame" is one of the most overrated films that I have recently seen. Brandon is a man that was probably sexually abused when he was a child and is sex addicted. The plot is limited to show his empty existence shagging women and masturbating. His sister Sissy is also a dysfunctional young woman, weaker than him, that needs support from her older brother but he is unable to help her. In the end, "Shame" is a film with good performances, but with a shallow and empty story. My vote is four.

Title (Brazil): "Shame"


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