A sex addict's carefully cultivated private life falls apart after his sister arrives for an indefinite stay.

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Steve McQueen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Fassbender ... Brandon
Lucy Walters ... Woman on Subway Train
Mari-Ange Ramirez 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 Omer ... Loren
Carey Mulligan ... Sissy
Lauren Tyrrell Lauren Tyrrell ... Hostess
Marta Milans ... Cocktail Waitress
Jake Siciliano ... Skype Son
Robert Montano ... Waiter
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated NC-17 for some explicit sexual content | See all certifications »

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Carey Mulligan stated on The Graham Norton Show that her "dad is not allowed" to see the film. See more »

Goofs

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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Bounce
Written by Calvin Harris
Published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd
Performed by Calvin Harris feat. Kelis
Licensed courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment UK Ltd
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Cold Sex
9 December 2011 | by littlemartinarocenaSee all my reviews

Michael Fassbender's commitment is overwhelming. He must trust his director, implicitly. Good for him. Very rarely we've been exposed to so much sex without an ounce of erotic flavors. Well, that was not the intention, clearly. This is a remarkably serious film about addiction.To make matters even darker I had seen Michael Fassbender as Jung only a few days before. What an actor! Now I feel I'm as familiar with his anatomy as Mrs. Fassbender must be. I must admit the film stayed with me because within its mathematical coldness there is a palpable element of horror. Was it me or Fassbender shows the face of death in one of the many sexual occasions? Chilling really. I will take my chances and recommend it, as long as you don't take your children - I guess you can't NC17 - or your grandparents.


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Country:

UK | Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 January 2012 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Shame See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$361,000, 4 December 2011

Gross USA:

$3,909,002

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$19,123,767
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (DeLuxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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