Sofia’s review published on Letterboxd:
Clearly the source of Brandon's sex addiction is also the source of Sissy's troubled mind. "We're not bad people. We've just come from a bad place."
'Shame' is a movie about a man. A man who seems to have given up trying to come to terms with himself and the way he is. Instead, his life day to day is a sole attempt to suppress it - not let it take over his life. He feels ashamed of his desires and does his best to hide them. That way he distances himself from everything and everybody around him. The soundtrack and long shots convey that distance perfectly, and the audience is there to purely watch and judge. He avoids all communication with his sister - a person who reminds him of what he really is - and when she re-enters his life, he begins to feel opressed. Every day, a constant reminder of his addiction and his anger eats away at him. She might have her own ways to try and come to terms with who she is, but he cannot manage to find his. This clearly frustrates him.
At one point, he gives up completely and begins to drown in his addiction. The film takes on a new level of distance, a distance Brandon really needs, but one that hurts people around him.
The ending is beautiful, because at this point comes the realisation of everything.
Fassbender is great in this movie, but my favourite has to be Carey Mulligan. She's a wonderful actress and a beautiful one, too. A pleasure to watch.
McQueen manages to portray addiction and social alienation in their most destructive forms, and very well, indeed. Not 'deep' enough to make it fake, but not erotic enough for it to be superficial. I genuinely love this movie.