• Shame (2011)


Release Date: December 2nd, 2011

DVD Release Date: April 17th, 2012

NC-17 |1 hr 39 min

Plot Summary

Successful and handsome New Yorker Brandon (Michael Fassbender) seems to live an ordinary life, but he hides a terrible secret behind his mask of normalcy: Brandon is a sex addict. His constant need for gratification numbs him to just about everything else. But, when Sissy (Carey Mulligan), Brandon's needy sister, unexpectedly blows into town, crashes at his apartment and invades his privacy, Brandon is finally forced to confront his addiction head-on.

Cast: Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan, James Badge Dale, Nicole Beharie, Alex Manette, Lucy Walters, Mari-Ange Ramirez, Elizabeth Masucci

Director: Steve McQueen

Genres: Drama

Production Co: See-Saw Films

Keywords: 2010s , New York City , Transformation , Office , Gripping , Emotional , Bar , Sister

Ratings & Reviews

  • 70
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    Much of the film is banal or pretentious, or both - vacuous vignettes about emptiness. Occasionally, though, those vignettes burst into life and burn with consuming fire. show more

  • 100
    Todd McCarthyThe Hollywood Reporter

    Driven by a brilliant, ferocious performance by Michael Fassbender, Shame is a real walk on the wild side, a scorching look at a case of sexual addiction that's as all-encompassing as a craving for drugs. show more

  • 75
    Carrie RickeyPhiladelphia Inquirer

    McQueen finds the exquisite tension between the brother wanting to disconnect and the sister longing for connection. To paraphrase a line of Sissy's, it's a good movie that comes from a bad place. show more

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Nominated Outstanding British Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2012)