Shame

Shame ★★★★½

Shame: It's a feeling of humiliation, one that you believe you deserve. One that you believe you've caused directly. The way you acted, what you did...it was wrong. It was unbecoming of you, of a person.

It doesn't mean you won't do it again.

Maybe the humiliation is that you know you will?

Steve McQueen's Shame is a tour de force for both director and performer. Fassbender's Brandon is the key focus of the film, a man with an all consuming sex addiction that is neither sexy nor glamorous. Brandon's complex relationship with his sister, Sissy, is a secondary focus, but somewhere within lies a key to Brandon's emotional state.

As the story develops we see Brandon and Sissy in juxtaposed emotional states; Brandon is terrified of intimacy, far more comfortable with a prostitute than he is on a date with beautiful co-worker. Sissy chases intimacy everywhere, clinging to the slightest connection and allowing herself to be used to attain it.

Are they both victims of a terrible happening in the past or are they simply two sides of the same disconnected coin in a cold world? The truth is never explicit, but remains devastating.

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