Hungkat’s review published on Letterboxd:
"You trap me. You force me into a corner and you trap me. “I’ve got nowhere else to go."
Shame is one of the scariest, most claustrophobic movies I have ever seen. It felt like a heavy blanket over me and smothering my entire life's existence. It's a deep introspective study of a sex addict (Brandon) who's trying to control his carnal desire as his sister (Sissy) comes into his life. The movie itself is like Brandon - on the surface everything looks immaculate and sharp... But actually it's woefully rotten from the inside. Brandon knows his life is pretty much fucked yet he just cannot control his licentious activities. His lewdness is incredibly disturbing to look at and we can't help but have sympathy for his inner struggle.
The acting is phenomenal! Carey Mulligan and Michael Fassbender will guarantee to break your heart. The cinematography combines with a mesmeric score during the three-some climax is just gobsmackingly astonishing; leering through each character in the most sexually earnest way without turning it into a debauchery. We see Brandon here as a "shattered" man grimacing through the act and pulverizing his soul in the process. In the end, our protagonist breaks down as he lets the rain wash him away like trash, hopefully waiting for a chance to become a new person. Little did he know, human nature is incorrigible...and that’s a shame.
Shame is a raw and brutally frank portrayal of a man who's been crying for help at the bottom of his own depravity.