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Director: Steve McQueen

Cast: Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan, James Badge Dale


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An outwardly ordinary man must come to terms with his inner compulsions in this powerful drama from filmmaker Steve McQueen. Brandon (Michael Fassbender) is a successful businessman in his early thirties who lives in New York. To most around him, Brandon seems cool and introverted, but inside he is


An outwardly ordinary man must come to terms with his inner compulsions in this powerful drama from filmmaker Steve McQueen. Brandon (Michael Fassbender) is a successful businessman in his early thirties who lives in New York. To most around him, Brandon seems cool and introverted, but inside he is wrestling with a powerful sexual appetite; he's obsessed with pornography and prefers short-term relationships with women that allow him to keep the world at arm's length. The grim routine of Brandon's life is upended when his sister Sissy (Carey Mulligan) stops by for an extended visit without prior notice. While Brandon is reserved, Sissy is an outgoing and flashy musician, and she doesn't seem to care about her brother's need for privacy. When Sissy forces Brandon to look closely at his life, he comes to understand the circumstances that made him the man he is today as his veneer of calm begins to crack. Shame won the Firpresci Award (presented by the International Federation of Film Critics) at the 2011 Venice Film Festival.

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All Movie Guide - Nathan Southern
British director Steve McQueen's Shame stars Michael Fassbender as Brandon, a Manhattan executive whose handsome visage and polished appearance mask serious psychosexual issues. He masturbates obsessively at home and in the restrooms at work, owns hundreds of hardcore pornographic magazines and videos, spends evenings in webcam sessions with hookers, and occasionally picks up women for quick, mechanical sex. Emotional sterility rules Brandon's life -- it's as though an impenetrable shield surrounds his heart. And when his younger sister, professional musician Sissy (Carey Mulligan), reaches out to him with a series of desperate answering-machine messages, he instinctively ignores them. Eventually, she crashes his apartment in order to get his attention, barging into his life as an uninvited houseguest. Shame comes billed as a study of sexual addiction, but that only identifies the surface-level concept of the movie. The film may be wall-to-wall with nudity and sexual activity, but it lacks titillation. The intercourse presented isn't lush, gentle, erotic lovemaking, but the animalistic sex of desperation -- carnal acts committed by a miserable man trapped within himself. As a result, the film meditates, profoundly, on loneliness and isolation. One of its most revelatory moments arrives in a hotel room, when Brandon tries unsuccessfully to make love to a co-worker -- failing to get an erection -- and then roughly screws a hooker in the same room merely an hour or so later. This character lacks the ability to impart any romantic emotion to sex -- that capacity was stripped away long ago. The brother-sister relationship is also central to the character's pathology, in complex and elusive ways that only gradually become apparent. McQueen is too sophisticated and too intelligent to present the scenario that one might anticipate, in which Sissy tries to "save" Brandon from his psychosis. That never happens -- she's every bit as emotionally damaged as he is, although she channels it in a very different way: If he's hermetically sealed, she's effusive, vulnerable, raw. The union of these two personalities makes the movie endlessly fascinating by giving it numerous psychological and emotional layers, especially given the fact that Sissy seems to be the only individual capable of generating tender feelings or any vulnerability in Brandon. Though Fassbender delivers an excellent portrayal, particularly given his ability to put up a steel-tough façade and let moments of fleeting sensitivity cascade through, it is Mulligan who walks away with the movie. Her work peaks in an early sequence set in a nightclub, where Sissy performs the theme from New York, New York before Brandon and his boss. In lieu of interpreting it at the traditional pace, she sings slowly and desperately, crying out for validation. It's the type and level of performance that Pauline Kael described Marlon Brando giving on stage, when she mistook him for an actor having a seizure and had trouble watching him because she felt so embarrassed by his nakedness. Mulligan has the same effect here, and as a result, many audience members will instinctively recoil. As exemplified by this sequence, the entire performance demonstrates stunning emotional courage, and, like An Education and Never Let Me Go, Shame asserts Mulligan as one of the most gifted actresses now working. In the final analysis, Shame is perhaps most impressive for the kind of risk-taking that it represents. This is edgy, provocative material, not because of the abundance of graphic sex that earned it an NC-17 rating, but because of something that makes it even less suitable for young viewers: its willingness to plunge into the dark heart of one man's despair and emptiness without flinching. The film could have gone awry in a number of different ways, growing either silly, boring, naive, pretentious, or a combination of the above. The fact that it both retains its credibility and will succeed at breaking many viewers' hearts serves as a lingering testament to McQueen's ability to navigate complex emotional waters onscreen.

Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
[Wide Screen, Color]
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]

Special Features

Focus on Michael Fassbender; Director Steve McQueen; The story of shame; A shared vision; Fox Movie Channel prsents: In character with Michael Fassbender

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Fassbender Brandon
Carey Mulligan Sissy
James Badge Dale David
Nicole Beharie Marianne
Lucy Walters Pretty Subway Girl
Mari-Ange Ramirez Alexa
Alex Manette Steven
Hannah Ware Samantha
Elizabeth Masucci Elizabeth
Rachel Farrar Rachel
Loren Omer Loren
Lauren Tyrrell Hostess
Marta Milans Cocktail Waitress
Jake Siciliano Skype Son
Robert Montano Waiter
Charisse Merman Live Chat Woman
Amy Hargreaves Hotel Lover
Anna Hopkins Carly
Chazz Menendez Muscular Boyfriend
Carl Low Bouncer
Calamity Chang Late Night Lover #1
DeeDee Luxe Late Night Lover #2
Stanley Wayne Mathis Conductor
Wenne Alton Davis Police Officer

Technical Credits
Steve McQueen Director,Screenwriter
Sound 24 Sound/Sound Designer
Niv Adiri Sound Editor
Judy Becker Production Designer
Sean Bobbitt Cinematographer
Iain Canning Producer
Glenn Freemantle Sound/Sound Designer
Peter Hampden Executive Producer
Harry Escott Score Composer
Tim Haslam Executive Producer
Ken Ishii Sound Mixer
Charles Kulsziski Art Director
Craig Lindberg Makeup Special Effects
Abi Morgan Screenwriter
Tim Naylor Camera Operator
Ian Neil Musical Direction/Supervision
David Robinson Costumes/Costume Designer
Tessa Ross Executive Producer
Emile Sherman Producer
Bergen Swanson Co-producer
Robert Walak Executive Producer
Joe Walker Editor
Atilla Yucer Asst. Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Shame
1. Chapter 1 [9:09]
2. Chapter 2 [2:01]
3. Chapter 3 [1:39]
4. Chapter 4 [5:47]
5. Chapter 5 [4:17]
6. Chapter 6 [2:01]
7. Chapter 7 [1:28]
8. Chapter 8 [2:31]
9. Chapter 9 [5:06]
10. Chapter 10 [3:13]
11. Chapter 11 [5:35]
12. Chapter 12 [3:06]
13. Chapter 13 [7:36]
14. Chapter 14 [2:57]
15. Chapter 15 [3:52]
16. Chapter 16 [7:35]
17. Chapter 17 [1:45]
18. Chapter 18 [6:15]
19. Chapter 19 [6:42]
20. Chapter 20 [3:48]
21. Chapter 21 [4:54]
22. Chapter 22 [3:05]
23. Chapter 23 [1:46]
24. Chapter 24 [4:42]


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Shame 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Incredibly moving film. So sad that Hollywood missed the boat and tried to reduce it to a smutty sex flick. It is so much more than that.
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