Shame ★★★★½

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Not exactly the most uplifting movie I've ever seen, still this was a powerful, intense and really absorbing story. While one of the more depressing films I've ever seen, it was also exhilirating to watch due to the craft and creativity put into it.

Fassbender's performance really made the film as did its methodical pace and confident directing. Carey Mulligan was really good also. You could definitely feel the pain of both characters.

Brandon was just a miserable man, somebody who had no ability to show love or affection and you could see this was something he had been dealing with all his life. The only way he could plug these emotions was through sex, lots of sex. As a character study, this movie knocked it out of the park - I really felt for this character. Because of the performance, you could feel the pain of the character in every scene and it felt like it was building throughout.

The scene when he was on the date was prolonged and tense and made me squirm in my seat. I had no idea where the scene was heading. There were several other scenes like this as well, not to mention some long takes that were just mesmerizing to watch.

While not necessarily entertaining, this felt like an important film and a film that had something to say.