Shame ★★★★½

I was blown away when I first saw this and while not as magnificent after a rewatch McQueen's films are always powerful and heartbreaking. Addiction, sex addiction at least, is rare subject to be taken this far in movies and McQueen blends the unfortunate reality and normality, which can be seen in many things like the color scheme, with something seen as taboo, and shameful that controls and torments a person's whole life. Fassbender's dedication to his role and Brandon's troubled and double edged relationship with Sissy is the driving force as they give depth to something that otherwise could've suffered from McQueen's simple style and his rather basic approach to any subject. Like Hunger, the film isn't exactly subtle about anything but because it raises sympathy and manages to evoke real, unfiltered emotions from both sides of the coin there is a lot to admire.

There are moments that made me wonder is this essential or how does it connect to the previous scenes and while I think the editing could be improved that sequence cutting between the train, the club and the bar almost perfectly captures causality and how dreadful an addicts life must be. The soundtrack is for the most part wonderful but a couple of times it treads a line between cheap and mood enhancing, like in that bathroom scene (which for the record almost made me cry again).

McQueen ranked
Great performances

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