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Shame (2011)

NC-17 | | Drama | 13 January 2012 (UK)
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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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 51 wins & 91 nominations. See more awards »

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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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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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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

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

Goofs

In the final scene, the train that pulls into the 28th street station is the J train. However, in reality, the closest the J line comes to 28th street is Essex Street which is about 3 miles away from 28th. See more »

Quotes

Brandon Sullivan: Smell it.
Muscular Boyfriend: [sniffs] Yo!
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Crazy Credits

No opening credits apart from the movie's title. See more »


Soundtracks

You Can't Be Beat
Written by Howlin' Wolf
Published by Arc Music/Tristan Music Ltd
Performed by Howlin' Wolf
Courtesy of MCA Records Inc.
Under license from Universal Music Operations Ltd
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Shame
27 April 2020 | by dillylamarSee all my reviews

Steve McQueen's delivers a realistic and vivid film about sex addiction, anger, self loathing, fear, loneliness, and the meaning or lack of meaning of relationships. Shame's premise is not depicted in film very often, which makes it a very unique effort as well. Micheal Fassbender's performance as sex addict is brillant, as he gives the audience his character's fear, self hatred, anger, and loneliness in full perspective. Carey Mulligan also gives a stellar performance as a needy, dependent, and affectionate musician. Steve McQueen directs this film in a laid back yet ruthless way, as Shame pits into darkness and trauma with somewhat of an elegance, while still maintaing a manic aesthetic. Narratively, Shame can get breifly lost at points, but Overall, McQueen's film is a honest and realistic depiction, with one great performance, and a good one as well. Shame is a small film, but can bring about emotions, panic, trauma, and darkness in a evocative and grim way.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

13 January 2012 (UK) See more »

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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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Dolby Digital

Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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