Shame ★★★★

Steve McQueen's Shame functions not only as a brilliant character-study of our lead character Brandon, but also as a brutal examination of addiction and a stark commentary on modern relationships.

Sure, he's wealthy, sleeps with the beautiful women, and has the nice sleek apartment, but there is no glamour in the life Brandon lives. He understands his issues but refuses to deal with them; he's a man torn apart by himself. Addiction prevents him from forming any real meaningful relationships, and also nearly strips the closest one he has away from him. This is a painfully sad film, but in a very inward way. McQueen makes his points without choppy exposition and macguffins; everything comes from the characters and their performsnces.

One of McQueen's best works.

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